NTSB Identification: BFO93LA097.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, May 26, 1993 in REEDSVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/17/1994
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC, registration: N2510Z
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE AIRPLANE VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY DURING LANDING ROLLOUT AND ENTERED A DITCH. A GUSTING CROSSWIND EXISTED AT THE TIME. THE PILOT STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE BEGAN A LEFT TURN WHEN THE TAIL WHEEL TOUCHED THE LANDING SURFACE. HE APPLIED RIGHT RUDDER AND RIGHT BRAKE, BUT THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO VEER TO THE LEFT. THE TAIL WHEEL STEERING ASSEMBLY WAS EXAMINED AFTER THE ACCIDENT AND FOUND TO BE INOPERATIVE. COMPONENTS INSIDE THE ASSEMBLY WERE EXAMINED AND FOUND TO BE WORN.

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

TAILWHEEL LANDING GEAR SYSTEM COMPONENTS FAILING DUE TO THEIR WORN CONDITION RESULTING IN THE LOSS OF GROUND STEERING CAPABILITY. A FACTOR IN THIS ACCIDENT WAS A GUSTING CROSSWIND ENCOUNTERED DURING LANDING ROLL.

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