NTSB Identification: FTW00LA124.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 16, 2000 in GALVESTON, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2001
Aircraft: Luscombe 8C, registration: N25270
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot attempted to takeoff in the tailwheel equipped airplane with the co-pilot's seatbelt wrapped around the co-pilot's flight control. After the airplane became airborne, the pilot reduced the engine power and attempted to land on the runway. The airplane impacted the runway with the tail wheel and the right main landing gear first. The right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing impacted the ground. Subsequently, the left main landing gear collapsed and the airplane nosed down.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection, which resulted in the pilot attempting to takeoff with the elevator and ailerons locked by the passenger side seatbelt.

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