NTSB Identification: IAD97LA044.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 18, 1997 in UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/1998
Aircraft: Aerospatiale TB-20, registration: N2803A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that during preflight, the elevator controls 'seemed normal with full travel forward and aft.' After takeoff, the pilot noticed that he could not maintain normal takeoff pitch attitude. The airplane continued an excessive climb rate out of his control, even with full forward yoke. The pilot stated that to control the airplane, power adjustments were needed to keep the nose down. He maneuvered to land on the airport; however, on final approach to land, the airplane stalled just above the runway numbers. Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed bending of the elevator control lever due to overload from an undetermined source.

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

the pilot's inability to control the airplane due to a damaged/bent elevator control lever and resultant lack of elevator authority.

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