NTSB Identification: GAA16CA248
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in BLUE BELL, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8, registration: N62925
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During an instructional checkout flight, the pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that after the tailwheel came up during the takeoff roll, the airplane yawed to the right. The pilot further reported that the flight instructor took over the flight controls, but the airplane continued off of the runway to the right and impacted a ditch.
According to the flight instructor there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action, which resulted in runway excursion, and collision with a ditch.
AIRCRAFT: 1946 Luscombe 8A N62925
ENGINE(S): Continental A65-8 SN 3935268
APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated from logbooks or other information):
ENGINES: 1932.8 393.2 SMOH
AIRFRAME: 1596.0 TT
EQUIPMENT: Electrical system, intercom, no installed avionics
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: Loss of control during takeoff, resulting in ground loop
DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Prop destroyed, engine sudden stoppage, destroyed left wing and aileron, buckles in left wing, destruction left landing gear, tail wheel
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT: Anglin Aircraft Recovery Services LLC Clayton DE.
REMARKS: Was a very nice airplane, good restoration
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