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Because of the condition of the strip, the technique the pilot used for takeoff was to set 20 degrees flap and apply almost full back elevator control to lift the aircraft off the ground at low airspeed and to then accelerate in ground effect before climbing away. On this occasion, after lift-off at 55 kts, the control column became jammed near the fully back position. The aileron control was partially jammed. At about 300 ft, with the aircraft in a high nose attitude and the airspeed decreasing through 40 kts, the pilot reduced engine power and the nose attitude decreased. He was able to climb the aircraft to about 500 ft and maintain pitch control through the use of engine power and flap. The rudder was used for roll control. The pilot conducted a straight-in approach to Inverell and landed safely. Post-flight inspection revealed that a multi-pin plug had become detached from an ADF indicator unit in the instrument panel. The plug had lodged in the slide channel for the control column, thus causing the restriction.
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General details
Date: 26 May 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 7:20 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type:Flight control systems 
 Occurrence class: Technical 
Release date: 27 March 1996 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Final  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210J 
Aircraft registration: VH-AKJ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Destination:Inverell
 
 
 
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