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N116GD accident description

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Crash location 34.761111°N, 106.745000°W
Nearest city Los Lunas, NM
34.806166°N, 106.733360°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N116GD
Accident date 12 Jul 2017
Aircraft type Gerald Donovan Rans S-16
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the experimental amateur-built airplane reported that he was performing a "test flight" and had accumulated about 2 hours of total flight time previously with the airplane. He added that, during the takeoff roll the airplane veered to the left and he responded by applying right rudder and aft pitch to rotate the airplane. He added that, as the airplane lifted off the runway, the airplane continued to the left and impacted weeds and a ditch.

The elevator, wings, and right aileron sustained substantial damage.

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 takeoff.

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