NTSB Identification: LAX95LA102.
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Accident occurred Friday, January 13, 1995 in WICKENBURG, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/19/1996
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8F, registration: N2183B
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND (CFI) IN THE RIGHT SEAT PERMITTED THE PILOT-RATED PASSENGER TO TAKE OFF IN THE CONVENTIONAL GEAR AIRPLANE. THE INITIAL GROUND ROLL WAS UNREMARKABLE. HOWEVER, THE PASSENGER LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AFTER ACCELERATING TO BETWEEN 30 AND 40 MILES PER HOUR. THE CFI ATTEMPTED TO REGAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE AS IT VEERED OFF THE RUNWAY, BUT HE WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. THE AIRPLANE ENCOUNTERED A DITCH AND NOSED OVER. WHEEL BRAKES WERE INSTALLED ONLY ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE AIRPLANE.

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

THE PILOT-RATED PASSENGER'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DURING THE TAKEOFF GROUND ROLL, AND THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S INADEQUATE SUPERVISION OF THE PILOT-RATED PASSENGER, WHO HAD SOLE ACCESS TO THE AIRPLANE'S BRAKES.

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