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N5619Z accident description

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Crash location 43.961389°N, 69.712500°W
Nearest city Wiscassett, ME
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Tail number N5619Z
Accident date 17 Dec 2017
Aircraft type Golden Circle Air T Bird Ii
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped, experimental airplane, the airplane bounced to the left side of the runway during the takeoff roll.

He thought that the airplane would "straighten itself out", however, the airplane's tail lifted, and the airplane continued to the left. The left main landing gear impacted a snowbank, and the airplane exited the left side of the runway. The airplane came to rest in the safety area.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The METAR at the accident airport reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 4kts and the sky was clear.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll.

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