Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2001 Issue

Dec. 2, Cross Keys, N.J. / Cessna 152

At approximately 11:32 eastern time, a Cessna 152 was substantially damaged during takeoff from Cross Keys Airport. The two occupants were not injured. The pilot, who held a flight instructor certificate and was flying from the right seat, reported that the controls felt “spongy” during takeoff. About half way down the runway, he felt a “snap,” and experienced a “partial control failure.” The pilot then felt a second “snap” and the right control yoke broke off the control column. He reduced the power and the airplane began to drift toward the right side of the runway. The airplane then impacted the middle of a 40-foot tall tree, and came to rest inverted on the ground. The pilot-rated passen...

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