NTSB Identification: FTW92LA185.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47334.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 22, 1992 in PINEVILLE, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/11/1993
Aircraft: BEECH D55, registration: N2TY
Injuries: 2 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 PILOT SAID THAT DURING DEPARTURE FROM A 3,000 FEET RUNWAY WITH A LAKE AT THE END OF THE IT, UPON REACHING LIFTOFF AIRSPEED, THE YOKE WOULD NOT COME BACK WHEN HE PULLED ON IT. THE MAIN WHEELS THEN RAISED OFF THE RUNWAY AND THE PILOT ELECTED TO CONTINUE AS THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH RUNWAY REMAINING TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF. THE PILOT STATED, THE AIRPLANE FLEW OVER THE LAKE, SKIPPING ON THE SURFACE SEVERAL TIMES, AND IMPACTED ONTO THE OPPOSITE SHORELINE. THE FAA INSPECTOR AND A MECHANIC CONFIRMED CONTROL CONTINUITY. THE AIRPLANE'S COCKPIT PANEL HAD RECEIVED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE AND EVIDENCE OF BINDING COULD NOT BE DETERMINED. AN EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE'S LOGBOOK REVEALED THAT THE YOKE ASSEMBLY HAD BEEN SWITCHED SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE MECHANICAL BINDING OF THE YOKE AFTER LIFTOFF.
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