NTSB Identification: CHI85LA094.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27401.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 17, 1984 in HOLLAND, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N4738G
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 PLT STATED THAT A SLIGHT RUDDER PEDAL MISALIGNMENT CAUSED THE ACFT TO RUN OFF THE RWY & INTO A DITCH DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL. HE STATED THAT DURING THE FIRST PART OF THE TAKEOFF ROLL THE RUDDER 'DID NOT RESPOND NORMALLY OR AS EXPECTED.' A LATER EXAMINATION REVEALED NOTHING WRONG WITH THE RUDDER PEDAL ALIGNMENT. THE PLT HAD FLOWN ONLY SIX TENTHS OF AN HOUR SOLO FLYING TIME IN THE 90 DAY PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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