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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197212
Last updated: 12 August 2019
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Date:06-AUG-2017
Time:15:51
Type:Quicksilver MXLII Sport
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N952RA
C/n / msn: 599
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Hector Municipal Airport. 1D6,. Hector. MN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Hector, MN (1D6)
Destination airport:Hector, MN (1D6)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The private pilot and passenger were departing on a local flight in the experimental, amateur-built airplane. The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, he pulled back on the control stick, but instead of rotating off the runway, the airplane bounced, then pitched straight up. Once airborne, the airplane did not respond to the pilot's control inputs. The pilot reduced the engine power and the airplane stalled. The nose dropped, and the airplane subsequently impacted terrain. Examination found that the control stick was not connected to the elevator bracket. A search of the wreckage did not locate any nut that would have secured the bolt. The pilot reported that he would have used a castellated nut with a cotter pin to secure the bolt; however, he could not remember installing the nut. The airplane had been flown 6 or 7 times before the accident flight and it is likely that the nut backed off during that time. The accident is consistent with a loss of elevator control due to the pilotís failure to properly secure the control stick to the elevator bracket.

Probable Cause: The pilotís improper installation of the control stick hardware, which resulted in a loss of elevator control in flight.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20170807X20947&key=1
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N952RA

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Aug-2017 16:31 gerard57 Added
07-Aug-2017 18:35 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category]
10-Aug-2017 06:28 pilotjay@ymail.com Updated [Location, Departure airport]
22-Mar-2019 19:10 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
24-Mar-2019 09:27 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]

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