This September 2007 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: Kitfox 5.
Location: Kerrville, Texas.
Aircraft damage: Minor.
What reportedly happened: The 1,300-hour private pilot was attempting to take off in the tailwheel-equipped airplane from a 3,000-foot by 50-foot asphalt airstrip. He reported there was a light crosswind from the right. Shortly after beginning the takeoff roll, the plane veered to the left. The pilot was unable to regain directional control, the plane banked to the right and the right wing hit the ground. The airplane nosed-over.
No mechanical issues were found during the investigation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to compensate for the existing wind conditions.
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