NTSB Identification: NYC87DGM03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41879.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 10, 1987 in IRWIN, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1992
Aircraft: WOODY PITTS S1, registration: N290RW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT REPORTED THAT JUST AFTER TAKEOFF HIS LEFT FOOT BECAME ENTANGLED IN THE LEFT RUDDER CONTROLS AND THE RUDDER JAMMED. THE HOMEBUILT AIRPLANE ENTERED A LEFT BANK WHICH THE PILOT WAS NOT ABLE TO CORRECT; THE LEFT WING STRUCK TREES AND THE AIRPLANE FELL TO THE GROUND.

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

THE PILOT'S INABILITY TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT DURING INITIAL CLIMBOUT. INADVERTENT USE OF THE RUDDER CONTROLS WAS A FACTOR.

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