NTSB Identification: NYC05LA121.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 19, 2005 in Pittsville, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2006
Aircraft: Ratliff Hummel Bird, registration: N707TR
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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The pilot had been building the accident airplane sporadically for approximately 11 years. The accident flight was the pilot's first flight in the airplane, and he had no record of prior flight experience in the same model as the accident airplane. Prior to departure, the pilot performed several high-speed taxis on a 2,750-foot-long, 105-foot-wide, turf runway. During the departure climb, about 200 feet agl, the airplane slowly rolled right and descended into a field about 2,000 feet beyond the end of the runway. Examination of the airplane confirmed flight control continuity, and did not reveal any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions with the airframe or engine.

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

A loss of control for undetermined reasons, which resulted in an uncontrolled descent into terrain.

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