Thursday, December 24, 2015

Minicoupe, N853WD: Accident occurred December 20, 2015 in Middle River, Baltimore County, Maryland

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA088 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 20, 2015 in Middle River, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: DAY WILLIAM L MINICOUPE, registration: N853WD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the experimental amateur built airplane reported that during the takeoff roll the airplane veered to the left. As the airplane neared the left edge of the runway, the pilot rotated the airplane in an attempt to be come airborne, but the airplane aerodynamically stalled three feet above the runway and then impacted the runway nose first. 

The pilot reported that he performed a post-accident inspection of the airplane with the assistance of another pilot, and he discovered that he installed the rudder control horn upside down. The improper installation reversed the rudder control input. When right rudder input was needed during takeoff to overcome the airplane's left turning tendency precipitated by the engine and propeller, pushing on the right rudder pedal made the airplane turn left. The pilot recommended that he verify proper control connections after maintenance.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's incorrect installation of the rudder horn and failure to properly inspect the installation, which led to a loss of directional control during takeoff.

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