The pilot of the Cessna 180 attempted to takeoff from the grass area between the taxiway and runway at Nervino, Calif. The plane was equipped with large bush wheels.
During the takeoff roll, a rock was thrown up by the wheels and it struck the left horizontal stabilizer, which resulted in substantial damage. The pilot aborted the takeoff.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s decision to takeoff from an area off the runway surface, which resulted in a collision with an object.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA278
This June 2015 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.