Loss of control Accident Maule MT-7-235 N627RK, 26 Aug 2014
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 290386
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Time:11:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MT-7-235
Registration: N627RK
MSN: 18036C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Edon, Ohio -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Edon, OH (KPVT)
Destination airport:Edon, OH (KPVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, during the takeoff, the airplane experienced a left turning tendency, which continued until he had made full-right aileron and rudder inputs. The pilot decided to execute a precautionary landing in a nearby field. As the pilot initiated a descent and the airspeed increased, the left turn steepened despite the full control inputs. The airplane subsequently impacted trees along the edge of the field. A postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies with the flight control system, and the rudder trim tab was found deflected to the right. The cockpit rudder trim control was positioned consistent with the observed trim tab deflection. Right trim tab deflection causes a left rudder control surface deflection in flight and was consistent with the left turning tendency reported by the pilot.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain airplane control while attempting a precautionary landing after takeoff due to his incorrect setting of the rudder trim tab, which resulted in a significant turning tendency during flight.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

12 Sep 2005 N627RK Leonard Mcmaster 0 Capon Bridge, West Virginia sub
Runway excursion.


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06-Oct-2022 14:30 ASN Update Bot Added

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