These October 2009 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: 2 Fatal. Location: Sikeston, Mo. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The 55-year-old pilot/owner held ATP, multi-engine, commercial and seaplane ratings, as well as A&P ratings, but did not have a CFI certificate. The 48-year-old pilot-rated passenger held multi-engine and instrument ratings. He was in the front seat, while the owner was in the back seat providing instrument to the pilot-rated passenger.
The airplane was taking off to the south and the wind was from the west at about 10 knots. The tailwheel-equipped airplane crashed into a metal carport during the takeoff roll, then caught fire
An on-site investigation revealed that there was a single tire imprint about 445 feet long which led from the right side of the runway centerline to the impact area on the carport.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a crosswind takeoff.
For more information: NTSB.gov NTSB Identification: CEN10LA034