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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145409
Last updated: 28 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GLAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glasair I
Registration: N540GZ
C/n / msn: 208
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Columbus Metropolitan Airport - KCSG, Columbus, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Columbus, GA (CSG)
Destination airport:Montgomery, AL (MGM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot was attempting to take off in an experimental tailwheel-equipped airplane. He stated that the airplane started to accelerate forward on the takeoff roll and pull to the left while he had right rudder applied. The engine hesitated, and he applied more right rudder and full right brake with no results. He aborted the takeoff and applied both brakes to slow the airplane. The airplane exited the left side of the runway and collided with a runway sign; the left main landing gear collapsed, which resulted in structural damage to the airframe. The pilot reported that he had 0.1 hour in the accident airplane make and model. Examination of the wreckage, including the brakes, did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The engine was subsequently test run at full throttle and no anomalies were noted. The airplane ownerís manual indicated that for takeoff, the flaps should be set at 20 degrees and that power should be added slowly to allow airspeed to build and the controls to become effective by the time full power is achieved. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the flaps were in the retracted position. The pilotís lack of experience in the airplane make and model and unfamiliarity with its operating procedures contributed to his failure to use the recommended flap setting for takeoff.
Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a runway sign. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís lack of experience in the airplane make and model, resulting in and his failure to use the recommended flap setting for takeoff.



Revision history:

03-May-2012 17:50 Geno Added
03-May-2012 23:51 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:42 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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