The pilot reported to an FAA inspector that, after completing a preflight inspection of the Cessna 210M and an engine run up, he taxied the airplane for departure from the airport in Shirley, N.Y. As the plane rotated off the runway, he noted that the control yoke felt “heavy.”
Approximately 25 feet above the ground, he elected to abort the takeoff, and pitched the nose down.
The plane contacted the runway, bounced, and became airborne again. As it touched down a second time in a nose-down attitude, the propeller hit the runway and the nose landing gear collapsed.
The airplane skidded off the right side of the runway and came to rest inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, right wing, and engine firewall.
A post-accident examination revealed that the elevator trim wheel was set to the nose-down position, which accounted for the “heavy” feeling of the flight controls the pilot experienced during the takeoff.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s loss of control during an aborted takeoff as a result of his failure to properly configure the elevator trim prior to flight.
NTSB Identification: ERA13CA338
This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.