Aircraft: Jabiru Sport. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Goshen, Ind. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was attempting a soft-field takeoff, and as soon as the nose wheel lifted off the runway, the airplane veered to the left.
The student pilot tried to correct the left turn by applying right rudder and aileron but was unsuccessful.
The airplane went off the runway and came to rest, nose down on a parallel taxiway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine nose wheel area, both wings, and the fuselage.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s loss of directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA663
This August 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.