NTSB Identification: MKC88LA075.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36595.
Accident occurred Thursday, April 07, 1988 in FORT SMITH, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/26/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N31900
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.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF, THE STUDENT PILOT PERFORMING HIS FIRST SUPERVISED SOLO FLIGHT, SAID THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN A LEFT TURN. HE SAID THE RUDDER PEDALS FELT INOPERATIVE. HE REDUCED POWER AND LANDED ADJACENT THE RUNWAY SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGING THE ACFT. SUBSEQUENT INSPECTION REVEALED NO CONTROL MALFUNCTION, NOR LACK OF CONTINUITY OF THE CONTROL SYSTEMS.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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