Aeronca goes off runway

This July 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC. Injuries: None. Location: Randolph, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A CFI was providing instruction on the tailwheel-equipped airplane. During the takeoff roll, the airplane began to veer to the right because the student pilot was pushing heavily on the right brake.

The CFI took control of the airplane but it was not quick enough to keep it from going off the runway. The Aeronca’s left wing hit the corner of a building.

According to the student pilot, about 300 feet into the takeoff roll, the airplane veered to the right a few degrees and the CFI took authority of the airplane’s controls. The airplane continued to veer to the right and, prior to hitting the building, the student pilot retarded the throttle.

Probable cause: The CFI’s delayed response to the student pilot’s loss of directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a collision with a building.

For more information: NTSB Identification: ERA11CA163



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