Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2006 Issue

December 8, 2005, Columbia, S.C. / Piper PA-34 Seneca

At 1244 Eastern time the airplane made an emergency landing following an uncommanded pitch-up during takeoff. Although the airplane was substantially damaged, the pilot did not report any injuries. During takeoff, the airplane pitched up violently, climbing to approximately 200 feet. The pilot made an emergency landing. The airplane landed hard and veered off the right side of the runway 1000 feet from its departure end. The bolt connecting the stabilator trim tab to the stabilator control arm was missing....

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