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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Seattle FSDO-01
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA011
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 05, 2016 in Bellingham, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: FULLER NEIL H GLASAIR SH 2, registration: N724NF
Injuries: 1 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.
The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll in left crosswind conditions, the airplane drifted to the left and he applied full right rudder. He further reported that as he lifted his heels to use right brake to correct for the left drift, the airplane veered off the runway to the left. The pilot reduced power, the airplane impacted a runway sign, and both main landing gear collapsed.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and the fuselage.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, revealed that, about 7 minutes before the accident the wind was 290 degrees true at 8 knots. The airplane departed on runway 34.
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 in crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion.