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Old 07-28-2008, 06:06 PM   #1
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I crashed and hanging head in shame :)

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I spent Friday night putting a receiver in and charging batteries for a plane I hadn't flown since early spring. So, I checked nothing was warped, all control surfaces moved in the right direction, and made sure the engine mounting bolts were still tight. Next day, I go to the field do a range check, fuel up, check control surface direction again, then started the engine, carried the plane to the flight line, check the control surface movement yet again. Started my usual long take off run with the normal amount of rudder to track straight. The plane lifted in the air in a scale like fashon then it suddenly rolled inverted I was quick to correct but the plane was slow to respond and believe me there was more than ample aileron throw. Ended up catching a wing tip breaking the wing off before the fuse hit the ground.

After picking up the pieces looking over the damage not much. I start to look for the cause of the roll. First, took the transmitter for a range check set it on the ground atenna collasped walked backed to the plane started moving it around, tapping this and that tring to make the servoes glitch, checked that the throttle was set to idle and started the engine still nothing, brought the Tx back checked the voltage on the Tx/Rx that was fine, this ruled out it being a radio problem. Next, I took a good look over the air frame looking for any sign that there was pre crash damage. The only thing that looked out of place was the ball link on the rudder was stripped off the threaded end of the push rod. Given that if the rod pulled out of the ball link a little then when the control was neutralled it would still have right rudder input which is the same direction and look of a rudder roll, since I was on take off the elevator input helped to increase the roll rate. Cause of crash solved .

I always do a pull test when I make push rods and now I'll be doing it alot more often.

Even though I know the cause of the crash I'm still ashamed that it was my Eagle 2, I had taken out to do some climb and glide with.

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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Re: I crashed and hanging head in shame :)

Sorry to hear about the loss of a plane, but great story , and a reminder to all of us to do inspections from time to time on our equipment. weather it's new, our every day flyier or coming out of the hanger for the first time in years.

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Old 07-29-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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I think that we can all be accused of what you went through , maybe even more than once for some . I think , that when you think that everything is covered , there is always something else that would pop up . We are always updateing out S. O. P. , or P. F.C. L.

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