Runway excursion Accident CZAW SportCruiser N516JG, Sunday 15 July 2012
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Date:Sunday 15 July 2012
Time:12:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
CZAW SportCruiser
Owner/operator:Three Wings, LLC
Registration: N516JG
MSN: 08SC224
Total airframe hrs:444 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912 ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Waynesville, Ohio -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Waynesville, OH (KPVT)
Destination airport:Waynesville, OH (KPVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that the accident occurred while he was departing his private airstrip. He stated that he noticed an 'abrupt change” in the wind direction about halfway down the runway during the takeoff roll. The wind direction reportedly shifted from a left crosswind to a tailwind condition. The pilot stated that he decided to abort the takeoff because he was unsure if the airplane would clear trees located off the departure end of the runway. He attempted to steer the airplane into an adjacent field, but it impacted two fence posts hidden in shrubbery before coming to rest. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane. Although the weather data obtained from a nearby observing station established that the wind direction was variable, it did not corroborate the pilot's observation of a tailwind condition. However, there were several thunderstorms in the vicinity of the accident site that could have resulted in localized wind changes that were not detected by the weather observing station.

Probable Cause: The airplane's collision with fence posts during an aborted takeoff due to a sudden change in wind direction.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN12LA445
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report




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