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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 40429
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Date:21-OCT-1990
Time:08:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic VEZE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rutan VariEze
Owner/operator:private
Registration: N9327A
C/n / msn: 1221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Hohenwald, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
THE PILOT WAS CONDUCTING HIS FIRST FLIGHT IN N9327A WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AND CRASHED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. ON OCTOBER 5, 1990, THE FAA ISSUED AN EXPERIMENTAL AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATE TO N9327A; THIS WAS THE SECOND CERTIFICATE ISSUED IN 11 YEARS. BETWEEN THESE TWO DATES, THERE WAS NO RECORD OF AN INSPECTION BEING COMPLETED NOR WAS ONE REQUIRED. AFTER A ROCKY TAKEOFF, THE PILOT MANAGED TO COMPLETE A TRAFFIC PATTERN AND WAS ON FNAL APPROACH WHEN HE LOST CONTROL. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT THE LEFT RUDDER CABLE WAS WORN ABOUT 50% THROUGH ITS DIAMETER. THE CABLE FAILED AT A POINT WHERE THE FIBERGLASS MATERIAL COVERED A PORTION OF THE CABLE. THE EXACT FLIGHT TIME ON THE AIRFRAME WAS NOT DETERMINED. CAUSE: THE FAILURE OF THE LEFT RUDDER CONTROL CABLE WHICH RENDERED THE AIRPLANE UNCONTROLLABLE.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001212X24401


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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