NTSB Identification: CHI86LA043.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29877.
Accident occurred Saturday, December 07, 1985 in ROCHESTER, IN
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N4155N
Injuries: 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.
UPON TAKEOFF AND AFTER REACHING AN ALTITUDE OF APPROX TEN FEET THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE COWL BECAME UNLATCHED AND WHIPPED UP INTO THE AIRSTREAM, BLOCKING THE PILOTS FORWARD VIEW AND CAUSING SOME CONTROL PROBLEMS. HE ELECTED TO ABORT THE TAKEOFF AND RAN OFF THE RUNWAY DURING LANDING ROLLOUT. THE AIRCRAFT HIT A SNOWBANK AND FLIPPED OVER ON ITS BACK. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT THE COWL LATCHES APPEARED TO BE WORKING PROPERLY BEFORE AND AFTER THE ACCIDENT.
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:AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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