NTSB Identification: FTW95LA157.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 06, 1995 in MIDLAND, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: BELLANCA 17-30A, registration: N6700V
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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DURING TAKEOFF ROLL, AT A SPEED OF 60 TO 70 MPH, THE AIRPLANE VEERED LEFT AND THE PILOT ABORTED THE TAKEOFF. THE AIRPLANE EXITED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A VASI LIGHT. THE PILOT STATED THAT DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST DUE TO THE 'PIN CONNECTING THE SCISSOR YOKE ON THE NOSE GEAR' COMING OUT DURING TAKEOFF. HE FURTHER STATED THAT HE WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO FLY THE PLANE AFTER IT WAS RETURNED TO RENTAL SERVICE FOLLOWING A LANDING GEAR REPAIR. HOWEVER, AFTER THIS REPAIR, THE PLANE HAD BEEN TEST FLOWN TWICE WITH NO DISCREPANCIES REPORTED. EXAMINATION OF THE NOSE GEAR TORQUE LINKS BY AN FAA INSPECTOR REVEALED SIGNATURES INDICATING THAT THE CONNECTING BOLT WAS INSTALLED WHEN THE LINKS WERE DAMAGED DURING IMPACT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL.

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