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N70403 accident description

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Crash location 36.041666°N, 90.150000°W
Nearest city Hornersville, MO
36.041736°N, 90.113983°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N70403
Accident date 17 Jun 2003
Aircraft type Cessna A188B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 17, 2003, at 1230 central daylight time, a Cessna A188B, N70403, operated by McCormick Aviation as an aerial application flight, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain during takeoff from runway 18 (2,648 feet by 47 feet, asphalt) at Hornersville Memorial Airport (37M), Hornersville, Missouri. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The commercial pilot reported no injuries. The 14 CFR Part 137 flight was not operating on a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported he prematurely raised the tail of the airplane during takeoff. He stated the airplane "weathervaned" into the wind, and he lost control. The airplane reportedly drifted off the ruway's surface. Each wing impacted the terrain and the right landing gear subsequently collapsed.

The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures during the accident flight.

A weather reporting station at Arkansas International Airport, 11 nautical miles to the southeast of the accident site, recorded at 1251, winds from 060 degrees at 4 knots. The pilot reported east winds at 12 knots at the time of the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during takeoff. A contributing factor was the crosswind.

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