NTSB Identification: MKC87LA176.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35144.
Accident occurred Monday, September 21, 1987 in LEBANON, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: ELLSWORTH VARIEZE, registration: N24GE
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 PIC WAS BACK-TAXIING DOWN RWY 18 WITH A PLANNED DEPT TO THE NORTH. THE PIC STATED THAT HE APPLIED BRAKES IN ORDER TO MODIFY HIS DIRECTION DURING THE TAXI, BUT THE BRAKE FAILED TO COMPENSATE. THE PIC FURTHER STATED THAT HE APPLIED MORE PWR IN AN ATTEMPT TO CORRECT DIRECTION WHEN THE OPENED CANOPY FELL DOWN. THE PIC GRABBED THE CANOPY IN ORDER TO SECURE IT AND RELEASED CONTROL OF THE THROTTLE. DURING THIS SEQUENCE THE ACFT WAS INCREASING IN SPEED TOWARDS AN EMBANKMENT. THE PIC PULLED BACK ON THE FLT CONTROLS AND THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE FOR A SHORT DISTANCE, HOWEVER, HE STATED THAT THE ACFT HAD INSUFFICIENT A/S TO REMAIN AIRBORNE AND IT DESCENDED TO THE GROUND. THE ACFT THEN ROLLED A SHORT DISTANCE, BROKE THROUGH A FENCE, CROSSED A DITCH AND A ROAD, AND FINALLY CROSSED ANOTHER DITCH, COMING TO REST IN AN OPEN FIELD. THE ACFT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY DESTROYED BY FIRE. EXAM OF THE BRAKES DID NOT REVEAL ANY EVIDENCE OF A MALFUNCTION.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TAXISPEED..EXCESSIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORT..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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