Aircraft: CX4. Injuries: None. Location: San Carlos, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that, during takeoff from an asphalt runway, the tailwheel-equipped airplane experienced a gust of wind from the left.
The pilot corrected for it and maintained directional control until the plane encountered a second gust of wind from the left and, despite the pilot’s control inputs, the airplane went off the right side of the runway and into trees.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate directional control during takeoff.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA033
This November 2011 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.