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N6542Z accident description

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Crash location 37.230556°N, 93.930278°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Miller, MO
40.546419°N, 92.293240°W
245.4 miles away
Tail number N6542Z
Accident date 05 Aug 2016
Aircraft type Piper Pa 25-235
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On August 5, 2016, about 1800 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 airplane, N6542Z, impacted terrain near Kingsley Airfield (MO9), Miller, Missouri. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to a statement provided to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the pilot, he was test-flying N6542Z that had just been through "a complete restoration." After takeoff, about 10 minutes into the flight, the left aileron cable separated from the control stick. The pilot added that he was able to turn the airplane back towards the runway. As the airplane slowed, it become more and more difficult to control the airplane. The right wing then impacted a corn field about 300 ft from the runway.

An examination of the airplane by FAA inspectors found that the swage fitting on the aileron control cable was improperly swaged, allowing the aileron to come loose from a control turnbuckle. The aileron cable was replaced and rigged during major maintenance and the airplane completed its annual inspection on February 9, 2016. The accident flight was the first flight since that restoration/annual inspection.

NTSB Probable Cause

The mechanic's improper installation of the left aileron swage fitting, which resulted in an inflight loss of control.

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