NTSB Identification: DEN85LTE04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28417.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 25, 1985 in RAWLINS, WY
Aircraft: WOOLSEY QUICKIE Q2, registration: N66LW
Injuries: 2 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.
AFTER TAKING OFF, THE PLT NOTED THAT THE ACFT'S CG HAD SHIFTED, & AS FUEL WAS CONSUMED, THE ELEVATOR DOWN AUTHORITY SEEM TO DECAY. HE SUSPECTED THAT BAGGAGE (STOWED BEHIND THE PLT'S SEAT & INACCESSIBLE DURING FLT) HAD SHIFTED AFT REQUIRING GREATER THAN USUAL FORWARD STICK PRESSURE TO MAINTAIN LEVEL FLT. ALSO, HE STATED THAT DURING NORMAL OPERATION OF THE HOME BUILT ACFT, THE MAIN WHEEL BRAKES WERE LOCKED IN FLT BECAUSE OF VIBRATION. WHEN THE PLT LANDED AT RAWLINS, HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE CG SITUATION & FORGOT TO UNLOCK THE MAIN WHEEL BRAKES. DURING THE LANDING TOUCHDOWN, THE ACFT VEERED LEFT ONTO DIRT TERRAIN, CROSSED A DITCH & CAME TO REST WITH SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PARKING BRAKES..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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