Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ERA21LA293

Frostproof, FL, USA

Aircraft #1




According to the pilot, he was going to take his grandson and great grandson on a flight around the airport. He stated that the great grandson was sitting on the lap of his grandson. During takeoff, as the airplane was lifting off the runway, the great grandson reached for the controls, turned them to the right, and pulled back. Subsequently, the airplane veered to the right, exited the runway, and struck a fence. During the accident sequence, the fuselage and wings sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s loss of directional control during takeoff as a result of a child reaching for and manipulating the flight controls.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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