NTSB Identification: MIA00LA075.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, January 26, 2000 in OCEAN REEF CLUB, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181, registration: N9578C
Injuries: 2 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.

The pilot stated that while on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern to land, he was advised that the wind was from 330 degrees with gusts to 18 knots. The flight continued and while either on base or final approach, he heard the flightcrew of a Falcon airplane announce that the flight was 10 miles out, inbound. The pilot of the accident airplane landed uneventfully and while back taxiing on the runway at a reported speed of 4-5 mph, the airplane turned to the left. He applied right aileron but the airplane traveled off the runway and collided with hedges. Examination of the runway by an FAA inspector revealed continuous skid marks measuring 45 feet in length from both main landing gear to the point where the airplane exited the runway. The skid marks begin before a 10 foot by 12 foot discolored portion of the runway. Following temporary repairs to the airplane, it was flown to where it was based and no discrepancies pertaining to the brakes were noted by the pilot; the brakes were not worked on following the accident. Additionally, examination of the fractured nose steering components revealed no evidence of preimpact failure or malfunction.

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

The failure of the pilot to maintain directional control of the airplane while taxiing after landing resulting in the on-ground collision with high vegetation.

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