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NTSB Identification: ERA13CA394
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 30, 2013 in Zelienople, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/2014
Aircraft: HOSKINS SAMUEL R QUICKIE Q2, registration: N202SH
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, he was departing from runway 17 at the end of a 500 foot displaced threshold. While accelerating, the right wheel went through a shallow pool of standing water on the runway, which caused the airplane to veer to the right. The airplane continued into the grass down a slope and impacted the base of the slope. Examination of the airplane revealed that the left canard (front wing) broke at the mid-span of the wing. The pilot did not report any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. Examination of the standing water revealed that it was approximately one inch deep, and according to the airport manager, it is due to a run off stream under the runway. A review of the airports AWOS and NOTAMs revealed that the standing water was not reported.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff due to right main landing gear contact with a pool of standing water on the runway which resulted in a runway excursion.