Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Spirit Of St. Louis Airport

Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Saturday, February 5, 2000 9:45 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane was substantially damaged when it veered off the left side of the runway when takeoff power was applied after a touch and go landing. The pilot reported that after the landing she prepared for takeoff. She recalled, '... an instantaneous thought of 'that (the plane) feels odd,' and then I was immediately and rapidly veering left.' She reported the airplane veered off the runway and into the grass. She aborted the takeoff. She reported the airplane crossed a taxiway before stopping in the grass.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot failed to maintain directional control during the takeoff portion of a touch and go landing.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date2/5/2000 
Event Day of the WeekSaturday 
Time of Event945 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityCHESTERFIELD  
Event StateMISSOURI 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site63017  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportSPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDSUS  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation463 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation954 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDSUS  
Elevation of weather observation facility463 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-6 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)260 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)11 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)42 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateFeb 9 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1130 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 23 2001 9:33AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN738EJ 
NTSB NumberCHI00LA065  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedVFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna  
Aircraft Model172  
Aircraft Series Identifier172  
Aircraft Serial Number17269917  
Certified Max Gross Weight2550 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionDec 17 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection68 
Airframe Hours4651 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameSKYLINE AVIATION  
Aircraft Owner Street Address776 N. BELL AVE.  
Aircraft Owner CityCHESTERFIELD  
Aircraft Owner StateMO 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode63005  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeSUS  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time945 
Departure Time ZoneCST 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightTakeoff 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 23 2001 11:29AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location26R 
Runway Length3800 
Runway Width75 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--