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N102DR accident description

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Crash location 44.366667°N, 123.583333°W
Nearest city Alsea, OR
44.381510°N, 123.596494°W
1.2 miles away
Tail number N102DR
Accident date 06 Jul 2003
Aircraft type Druckman 102
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

On July 6, 2003, about 1900 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Druckman 102 tail wheel-equipped aircraft, N102DR, registered to and being flown by an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP), struck a fence during an aborted takeoff from a private field in Alsea, Oregon. Neither the pilot nor his passenger were injured, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions existed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight, which was personal in nature, was being operated under 14 CFR Part 91.

According to the pilot, during the takeoff roll his left foot became lodged between the left rudder pedal and the left heel brake. When the airplane started to veer to the left, the pilot attempted to correct with right rudder, but was unable to maintain directional control because of his lodged left foot. He therefore elected to abort the takeoff, but during his attempt to stop the aircraft, it departed the left side of the runway and impacted a fence.

According to the pilot, there were no indications of any malfunctions in the aircraft's braking or tailwheel steering systems.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the take-off roll, when his foot became lodged between the rudder pedal and the heel brake. An additional factor is a fence near the area where he was taking off from.

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