NTSB Identification: MIA00LA137.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2000 in DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/2000
Aircraft: Walden A. Cooper PITTS S1S, registration: N27235
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot stated the landing on runway 5 was normal and during landing rollout, the rudder suddenly went full to the right and the aircraft veered to the right. He could not regain control and the aircraft went off the runway and collided with a hangar. Post crash examination of the aircraft by an FAA inspector showed the forward tail wheel attach bolt had sheared and the tail wheel had collapsed to the right and deflected the rudder to the right. The remains of the sheared bolt could not be removed and was not retained for further examination.

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

Collapse of the tail wheel to the right during landing rollout when the forward attach bolt sheared for undetermined reasons. This resulted in the aircraft's rudder deflecting to the right, the pilot losing directional control, and the aircraft running off the runway and colliding with a hangar.

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