NTSB Identification: DEN05LA115.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 21, 2005 in Durango, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Hepperlen RV-8, registration: N25MH
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot had serviced the airplane brakes prior to departure. He stated that during the departure roll, his left foot slipped off of the rudder pedal, possibly due to hydraulic fluid on the floor. The pilot stated that he attempted to put his foot back on the rudder pedal; however, the "bottom of the instrument panel" contacted his thigh and prevented him from doing so. He reduced the power; however, the airplane departed the runway to the right and impacted a hill causing substantial damage.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the ground roll.

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