NTSB Identification: CHI00LA022.
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Accident occurred Friday, November 05, 1999 in HANNIBAL, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-34-200T, registration: N3073V
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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The pilot stated he encountered a 40-degree crosswind at 12 to 14 knots during the landing on runway 17 and said the wind caused the plane to go to the left side of the runway. He applied full right rudder and right brake. The airplane exited the left side of the runway and impacted a tree. The airplane's bottom fuselage buckled and the landing gear collapsed. The pilot said the airplane did not have any anomalies prior to the accident. In the pilot's written statement, he stated he 'suspected failure of right nose gear steering' and that '...trees are within 40 to 50 feet of runway.' An examination of the airplane revealed control continuity to all flight control surfaces and that the nose gear rotated within an estimated 60-degree steering arc when the rudder pedals were moved. The Type Certificate Data Sheet, A7SO, specified the nose gear rotation to be (+/- 1 degree) left 27 degrees and (+/- 1 degree) right 27 degrees.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot not maintaining directional of the airplane. Factors were the crosswinds and gusts. Full narrative available
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