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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198782
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tecnam P2008
Registration: N615BS
MSN: 105
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Warrenton, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Warrenton, VA (HWY)
Destination airport:Warrenton, VA (HWY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The sport pilot reported that he was on the ramp ready for departure and that he was aware of helicopter traffic in the airport traffic pattern. He turned right onto the runway and saw a helicopter hovering over the runway ahead of him. He initiated the takeoff roll but then chose to reject the takeoff to avoid a possible collision. He stated that he pushed too hard on the left toe brake and that the airplane then departed the left side of the runway. The airplane then nosed down in the grass, which resulted in structural damage to the right wing.
The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot reported that he had recently transitioned to the airplane with toe brakes from his previous airplane, which was equipped with a hand brake. He had only logged about 7 hours of flight time in the accident airplane make and model. It is likely that the pilotís lack of experience using a toe brake led to his failure to use it properly.
Probable Cause: The pilotís decision to begin the takeoff roll with helicopter traffic on the runway, which led to a rejected takeoff. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís improper use of the toe brakes, which he had limited experience using and resulted in a runway excursion.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 15:08 ASN Update Bot Added

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