Airplane stalls on departure

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.


  1. Tom says

    When the angle of bank increases, the physics is very precise,
    The stall speed likewise increases, a predicament that’s not very nice.
    So it’s back to basics as usual, aviating is no time to relax,
    Don’t be complacent for even a moment, or ignore the physical facts.

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