NTSB Identification: CEN14LA221
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 21, 2014 in Peyton, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2014
Aircraft: AMERICAN AA 1, registration: N481HY
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.
During the second takeoff on a maintenance test flight following an annual inspection, the airplane accelerated on the main landing gear with the tail wheel off the ground. The airplane then “aggressively veered left,” and the pilot applied full right rudder to correct the path. However, the airplane continued to veer left, exited the runway, impacted runway signs and terrain, and a postcrash fire ensued. The fire precluded examination of the airplane systems.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of directional control during takeoff for reasons that could not be determined due to the extent of fire damage.
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