Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Cooperstown, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot stated that, before initiating the takeoff, he noted that the two windsocks located on the runway indicated a crosswind.
Just after lifting off, he felt a gust of wind from the left, and the airplane was pushed right toward a cornfield next to the runway. He lost control of the airplane in the wind gusts and it went into a cornfield and nosed over.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for crosswind conditions during takeoff, which resulted in a loss of directional control.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA475
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