While taking off from Runway 32 at the airport in Fredericksburg, Texas, the Cessna 185 encountered a crosswind. As soon as the tailwheel came off the runway, the plane veered to the left.
The pilot attempted to correct with the application of right rudder and brake, however the plane continued off the runway. The right wing dragged on the ground and the right main landing gear separated, resulting in substantial damage.
Wind at the time of the accident was recorded as 240° at 10 knots, gusting to 14 knots.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot not maintaining directional control of the airplane during the takeoff with a gusting crosswind.
NTSB Identification: CEN14CA177
This February 2014 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.