Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Comfort, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot took off and at an altitude of 250 feet AGL, initiated a left turn. During the turn, the left wing dropped 60° to 70°.
The pilot was unable to regain control and the airplane crashed into a fence.
The pilot stated there were no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain control of the airplane after takeoff, which resulted in an inadvertent stall.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA595
This August 2012 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.