NTSB Identification: MIA96IA146.
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Scheduled 14 CFR operation of GULFSTREAM INT'L AIRLINES, INC
Incident occurred Sunday, June 02, 1996 in MIAMI, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/1997
Aircraft: Short Brothers SD3-60, registration: N826BE
Injuries: 35 Uninjured.

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

The captain stated that the elevator trim worked fine during preflight inspection, and was set for takeoff. With the first officer flying the airplane after takeoff, while climbing through 300 feet, the elevator trim cable failed. The captain assisted the first officer, and the flight returned and landed uneventfully. Examination of the airplane revealed that an elevator trim cable failed due to fatigue about 18 inches forward of a turnbuckle and just aft of a pulley where a 45-degree change in direction occurred. The cable was required to be inspected every 1,460 days or 4,800 hours. At the time of the failure, the cable had accumulated 1,679.4 hours and 2,017 cycles, since last inspection 573 days earlier, and a total of 10,953.0 hours and 16,193 cycles, since new.

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

fatigue failure of a segment of the elevator trim cable.

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