The accident happened in El Reno, Okla., when the pilot of the Cessna 140 was receiving a checkout in the tailwheel airplane. During the takeoff roll he pushed the control yoke forward to lift the tail off the ground. When the tail came up, he lost directional control.
The check pilot tried to regain directional control, but the plane went off the runway and flipped over, causing substantial damage to the airframe.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain control during takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the check pilot’s delayed remedial action.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA189
This March 2013 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.