NTSB Identification: IAD05LA003.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 12, 2004 in Pittsburgh, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/2005
Aircraft: Aero Commander 100, registration: N81DC
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

About 10 feet above the runway, the airplane began a slow roll to the right. The student attempted to correct the roll and then transferred control of the airplane to the flight instructor. The flight instructor decreased the airplane's pitch angle to maintain airspeed. The airplane descended, while the flight instructor held full left aileron and left rudder to return to level flight. The airplane touched down about 50 yards to the right of the runway, at an angle about 30 degrees to the right of it. The flight instructor reduced engine power to idle and attempted to steer the airplane back toward the runway, but the right wing strut struck an electric fence post, and the airplane turned right, then impacted several trees. Examination of the airplane revealed that the aileron cables were intact, and control continuity was confirmed.

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

The delayed remedial action by the flight instructor.

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