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N2364K accident description

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Crash location 42.774167°N, 84.733333°W
Nearest city Grand Ledge, MI
42.753369°N, 84.746376°W
1.6 miles away
Tail number N2364K
Accident date 25 Jun 2007
Aircraft type Piper J3F-65
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane was substantially damaged when it ground looped during takeoff. The pilot stated that he "lost control" while attempting to correct a drift to the left during takeoff on runway 27 (3,200 feet by 100 feet, asphalt). The airplane ground looped and "went up on its nose" before coming to rest. The left main landing gear collapsed during the accident sequence. The pilot reported light and variable winds during the accident takeoff. Winds recorded at Capital City Airport, located about 6 miles east of the accident site, were from 170 degrees at 6 knots. The pilot reported no failures or malfunctions associated with the airplane prior to the accident. He noted that he "should have been more alert and reacted quicker to the drift."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff resulting in a ground loop.

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