Vliegtuigongeval op 25 SEP 2004 met Bushmaster 2000 N750RW - Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:zaterdag 25 september 2004
Type:Bushmaster 2000
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:R.R. Fuchs
Registratie: N750RW
Constructienummer: 2
Bouwjaar: 1985
Aantal vlieguren:1420
Motoren: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-985
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Demonstratie
Vliegveld van vertrek:Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL/KFUL), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Fullerton Municipal Airport, CA (FUL/KFUL), Verenigde Staten
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.

Probable Cause:

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."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: LAX04FA330
Download report: Summary report



photo of Bushmaster-2000-N750RW
accident date: 25-09-2004
type: Bushmaster 2000
registration: N750RW

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