NTSB Identification: DEN87LA092.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33728.
Accident occurred Friday, April 10, 1987 in GILLETTE, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N6670N
Injuries: 1 Minor,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.

THE PLT REPORTS THAT JUST AFTER THE TAIL WAS RAISED ON THE TAKEOFF ROLL, HIS SEAT SLID FULL AFT ON THE RAILS. HE SAID HE WAS UNABLE TO REACH THE RUDDER PEDALS AND THE ACFT SWERVED TO THE LT, GROUND LOOPED, AND NOSED OVER. THE PLT WAS NOT INJURED BUT THE PASSENGER RECEIVED A MINOR CUT. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE 'PILOT SEAT RAIL FAILED TO LOCK.' EXAMINATION OF THE SEAT RAIL AND LOCKING MECHANISM AFTER THE ACDT DID NOT REVEAL ANY EVIDENCE OF A FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE SYSTEM.

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

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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