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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 134246
Last updated: 27 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GLAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glasair II RG
Registration: N96L
C/n / msn: 1031RG
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bolivar, MO -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Bolivar, MO (M17)
Destination airport:Trenton, MO (TRX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the initial climb after takeoff, the airplane entered an uncommanded left roll and impacted the terrain. A witness reported, "The airplane was about 50 feet off the ground and rolling to the left at a fairly fast rate. I believe the roll had already begun when I first saw the airplane. The roll continued to an inverted attitude and possibly past inverted. The airplane crashed immediately into he grass on the east side of the runway. I saw dirt and grass fly into the air, but there was no fire or smoke." According to a statement provided by the pilot's lawyer, "During the takeoff climb, before the gear were to be retracted, without warning, the aircraft entered an uncommanded roll to the left and impacted the ground on the west side of Runway 18, facing north." No anomalies were found with the airframe, the flight control systems, or the aircraft engine that could be associated with any pre-impact condition. The aircraft's weight was calculated to be approximately 115 lbs over the kit manufacturer's recommended maximum gross weight at the beginning of the flight.
Probable Cause: The pilot not maintaining aircraft control during the initial climb after takeoff. A factor to the accident was the pilot's decision to operate the airplane over the kit manufacture's recommended maximum gross weight.



Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
10-Dec-2017 11:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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