Accident Maule M-7-235C Orion N126MC, Saturday 29 May 1999
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Date:Saturday 29 May 1999
Time:07:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule M-7-235C Orion
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N126MC
MSN: 25027C
Total airframe hrs:82 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Bennington, VT -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:(KDDH)
Destination airport:Albany, NY (KALB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
During the takeoff roll, the airplane drifted to the left of the runway centerline, and the pilot applied right rudder. The airplane then went towards the right side of the runway, and when the pilot attempted to apply left rudder, it would not depress. As the airplane departed the right side of the runway, the pilot observed that the right front passenger's right foot was extended onto the right rudder pedal. The airplane went into a ditch, and flipped over. In the NTSB Form 6120.1/2, the pilot stated that in the future, his pre-flight preparation would include telling passengers to keep their hands and feet away from the controls. Examination of the wreckage did not reveal any pre-impact malfunctions of the engine or airframe, which included the airplane's flight controls.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate pre-flight briefing which resulted in control interference by the right front seat passenger.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC99LA135
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB NYC99LA135

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