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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162981
Last updated: 14 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182T Skylane
Owner/operator:Civil Air Patrol
Registration: N963CP
C/n / msn: 18281973
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Burlington-Alamance Rgn'l Airport (KBUY), Burlington, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Burlington, NC (BUY)
Destination airport:Burlington, NC (BUY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he was practicing night takeoffs and landings. He completed two takeoffs and landings without incident; however, during the third takeoff, as the airplane was climbing to between about 10 and 20 ft above ground level, it stopped climbing, and the pilot felt increased resistance on the elevator control. The airplane did not respond to elevator control inputs, and it subsequently pitched nose down and descended. The airplane touched down before departing the left side of the runway. The nose gear collapsed, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall and nose section.
The pilot reported that the airplane had a recent history of elevator trim issues, which included difficulty controlling the elevator. The elevator trim jackscrew had been removed, inspected, and reinstalled about 1 week before the accident, and the airplane had since been operated about 7 hours. Examination of the airplane, including the elevator control system, did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation; however, impact damage precluded the ability to conduct a complete functional check of the elevator control system.
Probable Cause: A loss of airplane control during takeoff for reasons that could not be determined due to the postaccident condition of the elevator control system.



Revision history:

02-Jan-2014 22:52 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:27 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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