NTSB Identification: ANC83FA095.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22955.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 1983 in NOATAK, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA C-188, registration: N731CN
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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.

THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH THE RUNWAY AT THE MID-POINT IN A 30 DEGREE NOSE LOW ATTITUDE DURING TAKEOFF. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT THE TAKEOFF WAS STARTED AT THE NORTH END OF THE 5000 FOOT RUNWAY AND AFTER 500 FEET THE ACFT LIFTED OFF NORMALLY. THE PILOT THEN RELAXED THE BACK PRESSURE ON THE ELEVATOR TO ACCELERATE TO BEST CLIMB SPEED. THE PILOT FURTHER STATED THAT AT THE MID-POINT OF THE RUNWAY THE ACFT BEGAN TO PITCH DOWN GENTLY SO HE APPLIED SOME NOSE UP TRIM BUT THE ACFT CONTINUED TO PITCH DOWN AND THE PILOT NOTICED THAT THE CONTROL STICK WOULD NOT MOVE ANY FARTHER AFT THAN THE NEUTRAL POSITION. THE ACFT CONTINUED TO PITCH DOWN UNTIL IT IMPACTED THE RUNWAY. AN INSPECTION OF THE ACFT REVEALED AN UNUSUAL AMOUNT OF TOOLS & PLYWOOD IN THE TAIL SECTION. NO ITEMS WERE FOUND LODGED SO AS TO INTERFER WITH THE FLT CONTROLS. ALL THE FLT CONTROLS HAD CONTINUITY BUT THE ELEVATOR CABLES HAD AN UNUSUAL AMOUNT OF SLACK BUT NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE THE ACFT UNCONTROLLABLE.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLT CONTROL SYST,ELEVATOR CONTROL..BLOCKED(PARTIAL)

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