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N7DF accident description

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Crash location 42.583056°N, 70.907778°W
Nearest city Beverly, MA
42.558428°N, 70.880049°W
2.2 miles away
Tail number N7DF
Accident date 04 Mar 2012
Aircraft type American Champion Aircraft 8KCAB
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, he did not align the airplane with the runway prior to applying power. Then, during the takeoff roll, the airplane drifted off the side of the runway, became airborne, impacted the grass area near the runway, and came to rest in a nose down attitude. A postaccident examination revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage in the vicinity of the right main landing gear attachment point. The pilot did not report any mechanical abnormalities of the airplane to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector. The pilot had recently received a tailwheel endorsement.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's loss of airplane control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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