NTSB Identification: NYC96LA129.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 23, 1996 in BLOCK ISLAND, RI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/01/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 172C, registration: N1665Y
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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The pilot conducted a preflight inspection, then began his planned departure. During the takeoff roll, the control wheel would not move aft, and the airplane continue off the departure end of the runway. During the runway overrun, the pilot attempted to select a path of minimum obstruction ahead. Subsequently, the airplane encountered brush and came to rest inverted. Postaccident examination of the airplane, revealed the control lock was installed. When questioned about the installed control lock, the pilot stated, 'that would explain it.'

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

the pilot's inadequate preflight, by failing to remove the control lock and checking the flight controls before takeoff, and his failure to abort the takeoff in a timely manner, which resulted in an overrun, an encounter with brush, and a subsequent nose over of the airplane.

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