NTSB Identification: FTW83FA288.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22859.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 16, 1983 in SEVEN POINTS, TX
Aircraft: ROTEC RALLY III, registration: N148RE
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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.

REPORTEDLY, THE PLT HAD PREVIOUSLY FLOWN IN A ROTEC RALLEY III ULTRALIGHT, BUT HANDLED THE CONTROLS FOR ONLY A FEW MINUTES. AFTER ASSEMBLING THIS ULTRALIGHT, N148RE, FROM A KIT, HE MADE THE NECESSARY GROUND CHECKS & PREFLT INSPECTION, THEN TOOK OFF ON THE 1ST TEST FLT. AFTER TAKEOFF, HE STARTED A LEFT TURN. WHILE IN THE TURN, HE ALLOWED THE AIRSPEED TO DECREASE & THE LEFT WING BEGAN TO STALL. HOWEVER, AT THIS POINT, HE BECAME CONFUSED ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THE FLIGHT CONTROLS & PULLED BACK ON THE STICK INSTEAD OF PUSHING IT FORWARD. THIS RESULTED IN A FULL STALL. BEFORE HE COULD RECOVER FROM THE STALL, THE ULTRALIGHT CRASHED IN A NOSE LOW, LEFT WING DOWN ATTITUDE. THE ROTEC RALLY III WAS EQUIPPED WITH AN OVERHEAD CONTROL STICK. THE PLT WAS ACCUSTOMED TO FLYING CONVENTIONAL ACFT WITH A STICK ON THE FLOOR. HE STATED THERE WAS NO MECHANICAL FAILURE OF THE ACFT & THAT IT PERFORMED WELL.

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

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..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

AIRSPEED..REDUCED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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