Accident Aero Commander 100 N3628X,
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Date:Wednesday 8 January 2003
Time:10:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VO10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aero Commander 100
Registration: N3628X
MSN: 356
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Geneva, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Geneva, AL
Destination airport:Pensacola, FL (82J)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The accident occurred during the initial takeoff from a private grass airstrip in Geneva, Alabama. According to the pilot, as the airplane accelerated down the runway during the attempted takeoff, the airplane would not climb and he could not explain why. According to the pilot, he elected to abort the takeoff with approximately 400 feet of runway remaining. When the pilot elected to abort the takeoff, the airplane veered off the right side of the runway and collided with trees. Examination of the airplane revealed that the elevator trim was observed in the full nose down position. The right wing was damaged at the root and the right wing spar was bent. The pilot did not report any mechanical difficulties prior to the accident. According to the pilot's operating handbook the pre-takeoff checklist requires the elevator trim be set for takeoff.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to achieve takeoff due to a mistrimmed elevator, and his failure to maintain directional control.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL03LA032
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report



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