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N731HG accident description

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Crash location 38.541389°N, 76.032500°W
Nearest city Cambridge, MD
38.563174°N, 76.078829°W
2.9 miles away
Tail number N731HG
Accident date 19 Mar 2015
Aircraft type Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecna P92 Eaglet
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

During a cross country flight, the sport pilot attempted a soft field takeoff at an intermediate stop on the flight. On the takeoff roll the pilot applied full power and pulled the flight controls full aft. Subsequently, the nose pitched up, the pilot lost forward vision, and the airplane began drifting to the left. As the takeoff roll continued the pilot lost directional control and the airplane departed the left side of the runway. During the runway excursion, the airplane rolled downward into a ditch and came to rest after the propeller struck the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing spar.

The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation and winds were calm at the time of the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.

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