Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2001 Issue

Dec. 9, Ingleside, Texas / Varieze

At 18:00 central time, a homebuilt Varieze crashed when it entered an uncommanded left roll while in the traffic pattern at the T P McCambell Airport. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The pilot said that during the traffic pattern turn from upwind to crosswind, full opposite rudder would not overcome an uncommanded roll to the left, during which the left wing struck the ground. The airplane came to rest in brushy terrain, approximately 100 yards east of runway 13. An FAA inspector discovered that moving the rudder against the centering spring resulted in the cable eye hooking itself behind the rudder control arm....

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