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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA242
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 2018 in Eagle Lake, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2018
Aircraft: SENO LOUIS C SR KIS, registration: N66SK
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, during the takeoff roll, the airplane encountered a left crosswind gust, and the right wing struck the grass on the right side of the runway. The airplane pivoted about the right wing, and the propeller struck the ground. The airplane exited the right side of the runway and came to rest upright.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing spar.
The pilot reported that there were 12-knot wind gusts about the time of the accident.
The METAR nearest the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 140° at 6 knots, gusting to 13 knots. The takeoff roll was initiated on runway 17.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions.