NTSB Identification: FTW01LA034.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 09, 2000 in INGLESIDE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/10/2001
Aircraft: Evans Aircraft VARIEZE, registration: N64592
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed when the airplane entered an uncommanded left roll while in the traffic pattern turning from upwind to crosswind. The left wing struck the ground and the airplane came to rest in brushy terrain, approximately 100 yards east of the runway. The FAA inspector examined the aircraft and observed that paint was missing from the rear edge of the rudder control arm, and manual movement of the rudder against the centering spring resulted in the cable eye hooking itself behind the rudder control arm. The airplane had accumulated 26 hours of flight time since the last condition inspection.

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

the loss of control during takeoff initial climb due to the binding rudder, which restricted the pilot's control of the aircraft.

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