Narrative:Directional control was lost on takeoff; the aircraft swerved off the runway at a 60-70 knots speed and continued for 1500 feet before coming to rest. Some control locks were not removed during pre-flight checks. The takeoff was hurried to clear the runway for a landing aircraft.
The co-pilot on this flight, reported to ASN that all control surface locks were removed before take-off. He said "The NTSB came to their conclusion by finding streamers from control locks on the airfield."
Loss of control
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Distance from Malcolm Island Airport, SK to Duluth International Airport, MN as the crow flies is 1306 km (816 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.