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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235032
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic KODI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Quest Kodiak 100
Registration: N153RW
MSN: 100-0153
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sheridan, WY -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Sheridan, WY
Destination airport:
The commercial pilot was conducting a personal local flight. Two witnesses reported observing the airplane lift off in an extreme nose-high attitude, level off, and then reenter a nose-high attitude before it descended and impacted the ground 1,500 ft south of the runway.
After the accident, the pilot told the airport manager that the flight controls had jammed during takeoff. The airport manager reported that he examined the airplane and that all of the flight controls moved freely. During subsequent examination, flight control continuity from the cockpit controls to all of the flight control surfaces was confirmed, and all of the flight controls moved freely. The floorboards were removed to check for debris, but none was found.
The pilot reported that the last flight in the airplane was flown by another pilot who had mentioned to him that someone in the service center had given him a red foam block with a streamer, which he had placed between the elevator and the horizontal stabilizer as instructed. The accident pilot stated that he did not see the foam block or feel it during the control checks, which were normal. The recovery crew, airport manager, and insurance adjuster reported that they did not find a red foam block with a streamer.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The loss of airplane control during takeoff for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information.


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

Revision history:

13-Apr-2020 14:12 harro Added

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