NTSB Identification: ATL91LA165.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45600.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 31, 1991 in MORGANTON, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/1992
Aircraft: ICARD, CLAUDE M. SONERAI II LT, registration: N9QC
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 WAS PERFORMING HIGH-SPEED TAXI TESTS ON THE RUNWAY. THERE WAS NO INTENT FOR FLIGHT. THE EXPERIMENTAL AIRPLANE WAS NEWLY BUILT, AND HAD NEVER BEEN FLOWN. THE PILOT HAD NO EXPERIENCE IN THIS MODEL. WHILE TAXIING DOWN THE RUNWAY WITH THE ENGINE RPM SET AT 2,600, THE LEFT WING BECAME AIRBORNE. THE PILOT TRIED TO RIGHT THE AIRPLANE, HOWEVER IT DRIFTED TO THE RIGHT AND OFF OF THE RUNWAY SURFACE. THE AIRPLANE THEN BECAME AIRBORNE, AND THE PILOT ADDED FULL THROTTLE. THE AIRCRAFT WOULD NOT CLIMB, AND THE ENGINE RPM WOULD NOT INCREASE, SO THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND IN AN ADJACENT FIELD. THE AIRPLANE COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN DURING THE FORCED LANDING.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE ON THE RUNWAY, AND THE INADVERTENT ROTATION OF THE AIRPLANE, RESULTING IN AN UNPLANNED FLIGHT.
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