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N4334Z accident description

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Crash location 46.397777°N, 94.137222°W
Nearest city Brainerd, MN
46.358022°N, 94.200829°W
4.1 miles away
Tail number N4334Z
Accident date 30 Nov 2005
Aircraft type Larson Aero Comp-6
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The airplane collided with the terrain following a loss of control on takeoff. The pilot, who was also the airplane builder, reported that the takeoff was normal and at an altitude of about 20 feet above the runway, the left wing dropped slightly. He stated he attempted to compensate by using opposite aileron, however, the wing continued to drop until the airplane contacted the ground.

The pilot stated the accident occurred during the first flight after he converted the aileron system from push-pull cables to a tube and bell crank system. The pilot reported he inadvertently reversed the left and right aileron control systems when he installed the conversion.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot/builder inadvertently reversed the aileron control systems during installation and failed to maintain control of the airplane during takeoff. A factor associated with the accident was the pilot/builder’s failure to perform an adequate aircraft preflight.

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