NTSB Identification: MIA03LA021.
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Accident occurred Sunday, December 01, 2002 in Brevard, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 182J, registration: N3529F
Injuries: 3 Serious.

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According to the pilot during the takeoff roll the control yoke would not pull back to become airborne. He aborted the takeoff, at a point about two-thirds of the way down the 2,903-foot runway, and applied the brakes. The airplane departed the departure end of the runway, hit a ditch, and turned about 180 degrees opposite the direction of travel. Examination of the airplane's controls revealed control continuity the to ailerons and rudder. Elevator continuity was confirmed up to the baggage compartment. Due to impact damage to the forward fuselage area, continuity could not be confirmed to the yoke assembly. The bent control lock pin was found on the floorboard between the seats.

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

the jamming of the elevator control system for undetermined reason, which resulted in the airplane departing the runway, and impacting with a ditch, during the aborted takeoff.

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