NTSB Identification: SEA95IA082.
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Scheduled 14 CFR
Incident occurred Sunday, April 16, 1995 in PASCO, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/29/1996
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD SA-227, registration: N385PH
Injuries: 7 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

DURING CLIMB OUT, THE CREW NOTICED AN UNUSUAL AIRFRAME VIBRATION, AND RETURNED TO THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. FAA INSPECTORS DETERMINED THAT THE RUDDER TRIM ACTUATOR ROD HAD BEEN IMPROPERLY INSTALLED, ALLOWING IT TO BIND AND EVENTUALLY FRACTURE.

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

IMPROPER INSTALLATION OF THE RUDDER TRIM ACTUATOR ROD BY COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL WHICH RESULTED IN BINDING AND FRACTURE OF THE ROD.

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