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On 1 November 2017, an Aeroprakt A22LS Foxbat aircraft experienced a right rudder control cable-failure in flight. The aircraft flipped on landing, coming to rest inverted off the airstrip. Subsequent inspection determined that there was also significant damage to the left rudder control cable at a similar location to where the right-hand cable had failed.

Recreational Aviation Australia requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in performing a detailed examination of the aircraft’s rudder control cables and associated rigging (pulleys). The purpose of this examination is to identify the factors that contributed to the damage and subsequent failure of the cable.

To facilitate this work, the ATSB has initiated an external investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

 
General details
Date: 01 November 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 0930 AEDT Investigation phase: Examination and analysis 
Location   (show map):Mt Jack Station Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Aeroprakt Ltd 
Aircraft model: A22LS Foxbat  
Aircraft registration: 24-7930 
Serial number: 088 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Sport and recreational 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mt Jack Station, NSW
Destination:Mt Jack Station, NSW
 
 
 
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Last update 20 April 2018