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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38649
Last updated: 11 February 2020
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Date:26-APR-1996
Time:08:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic COUR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Helio H-295 Super Courier
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N700HC
C/n / msn: 1474
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Gaffney, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:privat airstrip
Destination airport:Cheraw, SC (47J)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
During takeoff, the aircraft veered to the right and went off of the airstrip about 300 feet from the departure end, then it continued on a course parallel to the airstrip. The aircraft was reported to be in a tail-high, nose-low attitude, and the propeller was striking the ground. The aircraft was estimated to be traveling at about 89 knots at that time. Subsequently, the aircraft collided with a berm and became airborne, then it collided with trees and crashed into a ditch at the end of the airstrip. A postcrash fire erupted and further damaged the aircraft. Postcrash examination of the aircraft structure and engine did not show evidence of a precrash failure or malfunction; except during a check of the flight controls, the remains of a drywall screw were found in the control lock hole on the control column. This screw was locking the controls in an aircraft nose-down attitude. Members of the pilot's family and the mechanic, who maintained the aircraft, identified the drywall screw as the device used by the pilot to lock the controls on the ground. CAUSE: failure of the pilot to remove the control lock during the preflight, and his failure to check the flight controls before taking off.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001208X05631


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
26-Nov-2010 13:10 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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