WHY YOU NEED A FLIGHT CONTROLS CHECK BEFORE EVERY FLIGHT
The Cessna 172 started its takeoff roll, but just a few seconds in, the pilot knew he had a problem.
He tried aborting the takeoff, but just seconds later in a light crosswind, he departed the right side of the runway. The aircraft went through the grass, and eventually into a group of trees.
Fortunately, the pilot only had minor injuries, but the same couldn’t be said about the plane he was flying.
HERE’S THE NTSB’S ANALYSIS:
The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll, he tried to abort the takeoff because he had not removed the bolt he had placed in the yoke for a gust lock. He reported that the crosswind pushed the airplane off the right side of the runway into the grass, the airplane impacted trees, and sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage. The pilot reported that the accident was due to him not removing the bolt in the yoke.