NTSB Identification: CHI90DEX02.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42247.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 25, 1990 in DELPHI, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/30/1992
Aircraft: JOHNSON QUICKIE 299, registration: N42LQ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF THE AIRPLANE TENDED TO ROLL INVERTED. WITH AN INCREASE IN AIRSPEED, THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO CONTROL THE ROLL TENDENCY, BUT STATED A HEAVY RIGHT YAW EXISTED. APRX 3/4 OF A MILE FROM THE AIRPORT, THE ENGINE BEGAN RUNNING ROUGH, SO THE PILOT RETURNED TO THE AIRPORT. A GO-AROUND WAS MADE DURING THE FIRST APPROACH DUE TO EXCESSIVE AIRSPEED. THE PILOT SHUT DOWN THE ENGINE ON SHORT FINAL OF THE SECOND APPROACH. ON TOUCHDOWN, THE AIRPLANE TRAVELED (BOUNCING) OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY INTO THE GRASS AND CORN CROP. POST-ACCIDENT INSPECTION REVEALED THE RIGHT RUDDER CABLE WAS DISCONNECTED AT THE MODIFIED TURNBUCKLE INSTALLATION. THE PILOT, ALSO THE MECHANIC, REPORTED THE COTTER PIN WAS LEFT OUT ALLOWING THE BOLT AND NUT CONNECTOR TO BACK OUT.

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

PILOT/MECHANIC'S IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF THE RUDDER CABLE TURNBUCKLES.

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