NTSB Identification: IAD94LA109.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 1994 in CHESTER, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/07/2000
Aircraft: bourque experimental KITFOX, registration: N528AB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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During the takeoff roll, the tailwheel lifted off and settled back onto the runway. This happened a second time, and then the airplane veered to the right and collided with a hangar. Postaccident examination revealed the tailwheel assembly was fractured; however, it could not be determined if it was fractured prior to impact or as a result of overload when the main gear collapsed. The FAA Inspector stated: '...[The pilot] stated he felt the aircraft was airborne. His best recollection of the airspeed was about 20 knots. [The pilot] said the book calls for about 27 knots at rotation... .'

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The fracture of the tailwheel assembly for undetermined reasons during the takeoff roll, and the subsequent loss of directional control and collision with a hangar.

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