Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2008 Issue

September 7, 2008, Atlanta, Ga., Piper J5A Cruiser

The airplane incurred substantial damage at 1600 Eastern time when it impacted terrain during a banner-tow operation. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot took off and executed the banner pick-up maneuver but missed. During the second attempt the pilot "heard and felt a pop from the elevator cable." The airplane leveled off and he reduced engine power. With the flight control stick fully aft, he observed the elevator was in the neutral position.

To continue reading this entire article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Aviation Safety

The monthly journal of risk management and accident prevention, is packed with useful, timely information on basic and advanced technique, accident analysis and, most important, practical articles on how you can develop the judgment that will keep you in the air and out of the NTSB's files.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.