Aircraft: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: None. Location: Lake Wales, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings with his CFI.
After several successful takeoffs and landings the CFI got out of the airplane and briefed the student pilot for solo traffic pattern work. The student pilot taxied to the end of the runway and performed the first takeoff and landing without incident.
He then positioned for his second takeoff at an intersection of the runway and a taxiway, which left about 1,000 feet of runway remaining. The CFI made a call on the CTAF telling the student not to perform an intersection departure.
The student pilot initiated the takeoff, but determined the airplane was not climbing properly and aborted the takeoff. Without sufficient runway remaining to stop and with obstacles ahead, the student pilot veered right. The airplane collided with bushes. The student later stated that he did not hear his CFI’s warning over the CTAF.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s decision to depart from an intersection with insufficient runway remaining for takeoff, which resulted in a rejected takeoff and subsequent runway excursion.
NTSB Identification: ERA12LA314
This April 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.