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N115TE accident description

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Crash location 38.976389°N, 76.330000°W
Nearest city Stevensville, MD
38.980668°N, 76.314400°W
0.9 miles away
Tail number N115TE
Accident date 20 May 2014
Aircraft type Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecna P92 Eaglet
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot was on a solo training flight and was attempting to perform a simulated soft-field takeoff. While accelerating, the pilot "lost directional control due to improper use of [the rudder]." The airplane subsequently departed the left side of the runway, crossed a parallel taxiway, and collided with an embankment, resulting in substantial damage to the airframe. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. When asked how the accident could have been prevented, the pilot stated, "…apply more right rudder immediately upon acceleration instead of trying to ease into it."

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during the takeoff roll.

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