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As the aircraft was accelerating to the normal climbing speed after takeoff, the pilot lost elevator control. The nose continued to pitch up until the pilot closed the throttles. He then discovered that he could maintain limited pitch control by the judicious use of power. A successful gear-up forced landing was made, however, during the landing slide one wing was torn off after it struck a tree. An inspection of the elevator control system revealed that its control cable had been incorrectly engaged into the control column fork. While the locking pin was fitted correctly, it was rendered ineffective due to the incorrect fitment of the cable. Despite numerous maintenance inspections this error went undetected. Due to the location of the control column fork, the pilot would not have been expected to notice the unserviceability on his daily inspection.

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General details
Date: 01 July 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500  
Location:5 km East Lawlers (330 km NNW Kalgoorlie) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 13 May 1987 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-REH 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lawlers WA
Departure time:1500
Destination:Kalgoorlie WA
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