NTSB Identification: LAX96LA232.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 17, 1996 in LIVERMORE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Moore GOSHAWK 350, registration: N345RM
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot was in the process of tightening his shoulder harness by pushing himself back into his seat with his feet on the rudder pedals. As he pushed with both feet he suddenly felt both rudder pedals go all the way to the floor. The aircraft immediately snap rolled to the right and his attempts at regaining control were unsuccessful. He was able to successfully parachute from the aircraft. A postaccident inspection revealed the left rudder cable was separated aft of the left rudder pedal. An examination of the broken cable revealed that the separation showed that individual wires were necked down or had slant fractures, which is typical of overstress separations. There was no evidence of corrosion damage, wear, or deformation.

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

an overstress failure of the left rudder cable.

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