NTSB Identification: ERA13IA267
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Monday, June 03, 2013 in Tallahassee, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, registration: N633TC
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On June 3, 2013, about 1520 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200T, N633TC, experienced a trim cable failure during climb after takeoff from Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH), Tallahassee, Florida. The flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot were not injured, and the airplane was not damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was registered to and operated by Florida Flight Training Center under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. The flight was originating at the time of the incident.

The CFI stated they departed from TLH uneventfully and were climbing through 300 feet when the student pilot noticed a problem with the elevator trim wheel. The instructor moved the trim wheel and noted no resistance when the wheel was turned. Upon looking down at the wheel, he observed the trim cable protruding out from the side of the wheel. The student pilot advised that he was having difficulty controlling the airplane and the instructor subsequently assumed control of the airplane. The instructor advised the tower controller at TLH of the emergency and landed the airplane without incident. Examination of the airplane showed the elevator trim cable had failed. The cable has been retained by NTSB for metallurgical examination.

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