Preliminary Accident Reports

February 2009 Issue

December 17, 2008, Sheridan, Wyo., Cessna 210

During the preflight inspection, a small amount of hydraulic fluid was noticed by the trim wheel. In order to troubleshoot the problem, maintenance personnel removed the left front pilotís seat and then reinstalled it when the problem was resolved. During the takeoff roll, after adding full power, the pilotís seat abruptly slid to the full-back position, resulting in the airplane veering sharply to the left as the pilotís feet left the rudder pedals. In an attempt to avoid hitting signage, the pilot lifted off, but then he heard something strike the airplane.

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