NTSB Identification: CEN10CA342
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 24, 2010 in Salida, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/2010
Aircraft: Vans Aircraft Inc RV-12, registration: N29CA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

As the experimental Light-Sport Airplane (LSA) accelerated down the runway for its first flight, the airplane’s nose suddenly pitched up approximately 60 degrees. The pilot attempted to lower the nose by applying forward control stick pressure, but to no avail. The airplane stalled, pitched nose down, and impacted the ground, resulting in the collapse of the nose landing gear and structural damage to the firewall. The airplane came to rest in an upright position and the pilot was able to exit the airplane unassisted. The pilot later reported that he had incorrectly set the airplane’s elevator trim, which resulted in the uncommanded pitch up as the airplane approached flying speed. In addition, the pilot reported that this was his first flight in the airplane make/model.

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

The pilot’s incorrect elevator trim setting and his inexperience in the airplane make/model.

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