NTSB Identification: DEN01LA086.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 13, 2001 in Hobbs, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/23/2001
Aircraft: Bellanca 1731A, registration: N93737
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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At the moment of flare/touchdown on runway 21, the airplane settled onto its left main landing gear. The right wing rose up and the airplane departed the left side of the runway just past taxiway "B." The pilot attempted a go-around and the airplane became airborne momentarily. He said, "the more I added right rudder the more it went left." The airplane turned to the left, settled down and skidded across runway 30. The pilot stated that during the attempted go-around, the airplane was unresponsive and would not "climb or accelerate." An FAA inspector, who examined the wreckage and interviewed the pilot, stated that when the pilot seated himself in the airplane to show the inspector what had happened, the inspector noticed that, "the pilot seated himself in the left seat and was sitting at a left angle and as he placed his feet up to the rudder pedals, his right foot was placed on the co-pilot's left rudder pedal."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to maintain directional control during flare/landing. Full narrative available
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