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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 132911
Last updated: 21 December 2019
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Date:14-DEC-1994
Time:17:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N59MW
C/n / msn: 618
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Cleveland, OH -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On December 14, 1994, at 1709 eastern standard time, a homebuilt Varieze, N59MW, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from runway 10 at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The local personnel flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot reported that during takeoff climb the airplane banked left and surface control inputs would not correct the banking. He stated the airplane made two complete turns before it impacted terrain. The airplane crashed about 1/4 of a mile north of the airport.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the elevator torque tubes, connected by a bolt, were disconnected. The right elevator was jammed in the down position. Examination of the torque tubes revealed the right elevator torque tube had a fatigue crack around the bolt hole area.
PROBABLE CAUSE:A FATIGUE CRACK IN THE RIGHT ELEVATOR TORQUE TUBE RESULTING IN THE DISCONNECTION OF THE ELEVATOR TORQUE TUBES AND SUBSEQUENT LOSS OF AIRPLANE CONTROL.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001206X02691


Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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