quasi Report This Comment
Date: November 15, 2006 10:33PM
As someone who is very fond of antique aircraft, I find these pictures very
sad. I hope everyone survived.
Placelowerplace Report This Comment
Date: November 16, 2006 01:01AM
NTSB Identification: LAX04FA330.
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14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 25, 2004 in Fullerton, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 7/31/2006
Aircraft: Bushmaster Aircraft 2000, registration: N750RW
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor.
The airplane crashed onto a street adjacent to the airport shortly after
takeoff. As the airplane started its takeoff roll, it began to veer to the left
off of the runway. About midway down the runway the airplane lifted off the
ground and flew over a crowd of people assembled at the airport for an airport
appreciation day. The airplane climbed to about 50 feet, made a steep roll to
the left, flying in-between the control tower and a light pole, and crossed over
the boundary fence where the left wing struck a moving vehicle before coming to
rest against several parked cars. Numerous photographs (including video footage)
were taken by witnesses on the airport of the airplane on the takeoff ground
roll and throughout the accident sequence. The photographs clearly show a nylon
strap connecting the left elevator and rudder. It was surmised that the use of
the nylon strap was as a flight control/gust lock for the airplane. During the
investigation, a nylon strap was observed hanging from an S-hook that was
attached to the vertical stabilizer/rudder hinge attach point. The loop at the
other end of the strap had come apart, and when investigators looked under the
left stabilizer/elevator hinge attach area they noted a similar S-hook attached
to the hinge attach area.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of
this accident as follows:
the inadequate preflight inspection by the pilot-in-command, where the pilot
failed to remove the makeshift gust lock attached to the rudder and left
elevator of the airplane. As a result, the airplane veered off the runway
surface during the takeoff roll, became airborne, and immediately began an
uncontrolled descending left roll until impacting vehicles and the ground.