NTSB Identification: CHI88DET03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37094.
Accident occurred Friday, May 20, 1988 in VALPARAISO, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1989
Aircraft: DAVIS HEATH MODEL V, registration: N312HD
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PLT RPRTD THAT WHEN HE APPLIED POWER TO TAKEOFF, THE ACFT 'PULLED TO THE RIGHT.' HE SAID THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE, BUT TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN & CONTD TO GO TO THE RIGHT. ALSO, HE SAID HE TRIED TO CORRECT THE SITUATION WITH LEFT RUDDER, BUT THE RUDDER SEEMED TO BE LOCKED & WOULD NOT MOVE. HE THEN NOTICED THE ACFT WAS HEADING TOWARD AN ILS TOWER, SO HE 'BANKED A LITTLE MORE TO THE RIGHT AND MISSED THE TOWER.' MOMENTS LATER, THE ACFT HIT THE GROUND. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,RUDDER..UNDETERMINED

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED

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

ABORT..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRPORT FACILITY

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