NTSB Identification: FTW00LA013.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 30, 1999 in POWDERLY, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/02/2000
Aircraft: Champion 7FC, registration: N4873E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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

During the landing roll, the airplane was uncontrollable and 'veered violently to the right.' The pilot added full power to avoid hitting a house. Subsequently, the airplane passed over the house, landed, and slid to a stop on its nose. Examination revealed that the springs had been removed from the tailwheel assembly. The pilot/owner stated that he did not look at the tailwheel assembly during the preflight.

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

The pilot's inadequate preflight inspection of the airplane, during which he failed to detect the disconnected tailwheel steering assembly.

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