NTSB Identification: FTW84FU009.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26780.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 22, 1984 in MCKINNEY, TX
Aircraft: Mitchell T-10R263, registration: NONE
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO A PERSON WHO HELPED ASSEMBLE THE ULTRALIGHT VEHICLE FOR FLT, THE BASE OF THE CLOUDS WERE AT ABOUT 200 FT AGL, WHEN THE PLT TOOK OFF. THE HELPER EXPECTED THE PLT TO RETURN & LAND DUE TO THE WX; HOWEVER, THE VEHICLE CRASHED IN A WOODED AREA. THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT IT CRASHED WHILE FALLING VERTICALLY IN A WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE & MOVING REARWARD. FLT CONTROL CONTINUITY WAS VERIFIED & ALL 3 PROP BLADES EXHIBITED ROTATIONAL DAMAGE. THE THROTTLE CONTROL CABLE WAS FOUND DISCONNECTED FROM THE CARBURETOR. THE CARBURETOR WAS DISASSEMBLED & THE CABLE'S SWAGED END FITTING WAS FOUND LYING LOOSE IN THE BODY OF THE CARBURETOR. WITH THE SWAGED END OFF OF THE CABLE, THE ENG WOULD HAVE GONE TO IDLE POWER. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND TO SHOW THAT THE CABLE WAS FORCIBLY PULLED LOOSE. APRX 45 MI SOUTH A DALLAS, TX, THE 0748 CDT WX WAS: 300 FT SCATTERED, 900 FT BROKEN, VISIBILITY 6 MI WITH FOG & DRIZZLE, WIND CALM.

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

THROTTLE/POWER LEVER,CABLE..DISCONNECTED

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

MAINTENANCE,INSTALLATION..IMPROPER..OTHER MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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