BFO95LA021
BFO95LA021

On December 14, 1994, at 1709 eastern standard time, a homebuilt Varieze, N59MW, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from runway 10 at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was destroyed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The local personnel flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot reported that during takeoff climb the airplane banked left and surface control inputs would not correct the banking. He stated the airplane made two complete turns before it impacted terrain. The airplane crashed about 1/4 of a mile north of the airport.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the elevator torque tubes, connected by a bolt, were disconnected. The right elevator was jammed in the down position. Examination of the torque tubes revealed the right elevator torque tube had a fatigue crack around the bolt hole area.

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