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Old 01-14-2006, 05:40 PM
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Default Predator tail broke off during flight

I purchased a lanier predator from the local hobby shop. It had been sitting on their shelf for a while. I had only 4 or 5 flights on it. I was flying around in the air with a Thunder Tiger 40, and the tail broke off during flight. The plane started doing loop after loop. I idled the throttle back and it stopped doing loops, but it wanted to fly inverted. I managed to gain some control back of the airplane and was able to land the plane inverted onto the field. The tail broke off at the leading edge of tail. The fuse broke in half just before the leading edge of the tail. So by the time I was done I had 3/4 of the length of the fuse with no tail section.

Has anyone else encountered this problem before?