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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 142199
Last updated: 24 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-135
Registration: N2677A
C/n / msn: 22-935
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sheridan Municipal Airport - 9M8, AR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Sheridan, AR (9M8)
Destination airport:Sheridan, AR (9M8)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that the takeoff was normal until the airplane was climbing through about 200 feet above the ground, at which time he observed that the passenger suddenly tensed up. The pilot said he was then unable to move the rudder pedals because the passenger was stepping on the passenger-side rudder controls. The airplane skewed to the left, descended, and impacted terrain on the left side of the runway. A postaccident examination confirmed flight control continuity and revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The passenger reported this was his first flight ever in any aircraft. He also reported that he was not pressing on the rudder pedals. However, given the pilotís experience in the accident airplane and the lack of evidence of a preimpact anomaly, it is likely that the passenger did inadvertently interfere with the rudder pedals.
Probable Cause: The passengerís interference with the flight controls during the initial climb, which resulted in a loss of control and impact with terrain.


FAA register:
Sheridan Municipal Airport - 9M8

Revision history:

31-Jan-2012 12:59 gerard57 Added
31-Jan-2012 15:49 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
11-Feb-2012 16:06 Geno Updated [Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:53 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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