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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Champion Citabria 7ECA|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground : takeoff roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
instruction : trainee
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 0|
flight time total : 150
flight time type : 150
|Function||instruction : instructor|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||excursion : runway|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
While conducting a check ride with my flight instructor, my aircraft veered hard left, causing the aircraft to leave the runway hitting a ditch. No injuries as a result. Prior to taxi, all operational controls were checked in routine preflight inspection. All engine and controls appeared to be in good working condition. Once in position for a runway 21 departure from ZZZ, I pwred the aircraft up and began my takeoff roll. With the airspeed at approximately 35 mph, the plane felt like it was starting to drag to the left. My instructor asked me if something was wrong with my brakes which I was not on at the time. I applied hard right rudder and the plane was still veering off the runway. At this time, I picked up the left wheel and the aircraft started to track down the strip. Since I was close to the left side of the runway, I set the plane back down. When I did, the plane veered hard to the left. This caused the aircraft to leave the runway and head for a ditch. The airplane did not have enough airspeed to fly, but I pulled the stick back to get the plane over a ditch (to keep the plane from crashing into the bank head-on). Once the plane cleared the bank, the wing scraped the other side sideways and caused it to spin. The spin caused the landing gear to break. After securing the aircraft, I went back and looked at the tracks and found what appeared to be the left wheel ('locked') sliding. After pumping the wheel brakes, I cannot find that it was seized up. The brake line did break, so I could not tell if it was a brake issue. I immediately reported to the airport manager in ZZZ. Also filed report with local police department. Both airport manager and police, as well as myself, photographed the aircraft and the area. Again prior to the takeoff roll, no operation/control errors were noticed. The aircraft seemed 100%.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN AERONCA LOW TIME PLT, FLYING WITH HIS CFI, GND LOOPED HIS ACFT AT ZZZ CAUSING THE GEAR TO FALL OFF.
Narrative: WHILE CONDUCTING A CHK RIDE WITH MY FLT INSTRUCTOR, MY ACFT VEERED HARD L, CAUSING THE ACFT TO LEAVE THE RWY HITTING A DITCH. NO INJURIES AS A RESULT. PRIOR TO TAXI, ALL OPERATIONAL CTLS WERE CHKED IN ROUTINE PREFLT INSPECTION. ALL ENG AND CTLS APPEARED TO BE IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION. ONCE IN POS FOR A RWY 21 DEP FROM ZZZ, I PWRED THE ACFT UP AND BEGAN MY TKOF ROLL. WITH THE AIRSPD AT APPROX 35 MPH, THE PLANE FELT LIKE IT WAS STARTING TO DRAG TO THE L. MY INSTRUCTOR ASKED ME IF SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH MY BRAKES WHICH I WAS NOT ON AT THE TIME. I APPLIED HARD R RUDDER AND THE PLANE WAS STILL VEERING OFF THE RWY. AT THIS TIME, I PICKED UP THE L WHEEL AND THE ACFT STARTED TO TRACK DOWN THE STRIP. SINCE I WAS CLOSE TO THE L SIDE OF THE RWY, I SET THE PLANE BACK DOWN. WHEN I DID, THE PLANE VEERED HARD TO THE L. THIS CAUSED THE ACFT TO LEAVE THE RWY AND HEAD FOR A DITCH. THE AIRPLANE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH AIRSPD TO FLY, BUT I PULLED THE STICK BACK TO GET THE PLANE OVER A DITCH (TO KEEP THE PLANE FROM CRASHING INTO THE BANK HEAD-ON). ONCE THE PLANE CLRED THE BANK, THE WING SCRAPED THE OTHER SIDE SIDEWAYS AND CAUSED IT TO SPIN. THE SPIN CAUSED THE LNDG GEAR TO BREAK. AFTER SECURING THE ACFT, I WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT THE TRACKS AND FOUND WHAT APPEARED TO BE THE L WHEEL ('LOCKED') SLIDING. AFTER PUMPING THE WHEEL BRAKES, I CANNOT FIND THAT IT WAS SEIZED UP. THE BRAKE LINE DID BREAK, SO I COULD NOT TELL IF IT WAS A BRAKE ISSUE. I IMMEDIATELY RPTED TO THE ARPT MGR IN ZZZ. ALSO FILED RPT WITH LCL POLICE DEPT. BOTH ARPT MGR AND POLICE, AS WELL AS MYSELF, PHOTOGRAPHED THE ACFT AND THE AREA. AGAIN PRIOR TO THE TKOF ROLL, NO OP/CTL ERRORS WERE NOTICED. THE ACFT SEEMED 100%.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.