Narrative:The Bushmaster, a Ford Tri-Motor replica plane, took part in an air show during the Fullerton Airport Appreciation Day. As it was attempting to takeoff, it departed runway 24. The pilot pulled up to avoid ramp personnel. It just missed the control tower and slammed onto a street, sideswiping a car. The plane broke apart on impact and erupted in flames. A photograph of the airplane clearly showed a strap connecting the left elevator to the rudder.
|Date:||Saturday 25 September 2004|
|C/n / msn:|| 2|
|First flight:|| 1985|
|Total airframe hrs:||1420|
|Engines:|| 3 Pratt & Whitney PW985|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Departure airport:||Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The inadequate preflight inspection by the pilot-in-command, where the pilot failed to remove the makeshift gust lock attached to the rudder and left elevator of the airplane. As a result, the airplane veered off the runway surface during the takeoff roll, became airborne, and immediately began an uncontrolled descending left roll until impacting vehicles and the ground."
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