NTSB Identification: FTW96LA325.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 27, 1996 in MCGEHEE, AR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/23/1996
Aircraft: Pezetel M-18A, registration: N7643J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

The pilot reported to an FAA inspector that he experienced a complete brake system failure as he applied the brakes during the landing roll. In telephone interviews with the investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that 'after touchdown on runway 36, he noticed that he had no brakes; however, he had hydraulic pressure.' The pilot was not able to maintain directional control, and the airplane went off the right side of the runway and came to a stop in a ditch. According to the operator, the brake failure was due to failure of the hydraulic brake system for undetermined reason. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accumulated a total of 748 flight hours since new.

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

failure of the brake system for undetermined reason(s), which resulted in a loss of directional control and a subsequent encounter with a ditch.

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