NTSB Identification: NYC97LA120.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 15, 1997 in NORTH ROSE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/02/1998
Aircraft: Boccher P51 MUSTANG, registration: N515JB
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 non-certificated pilot reported that during the takeoff roll, the hand held Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver fell from the instrument panel and jammed the flight control. The airplane then departed the runway and struck trees. An FAA inspector reported that when he examined the airplane, the GPS was not in the flight controls, and he was unable to confirm the pilot's statements.

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

was the failure of the pilot to maintain directional control during takeoff which resulted in the airplane striking trees.

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