NTSB Identification: FTW90DRD04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41558.
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 03, 1990 in FENTON, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/1992
Aircraft: GRUMMAN G-164B, registration: N6714K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PILOT HAD COMPLETED HIS TURN-AROUND, AND AFTER DESCENT TO THE FIELD HE WAS SEEDING, HE PULLED THE STICK BACK TO LEVELOFF, AND THE STICK BECAME FREE IN HIS HAND. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO THE TERRAIN/WATER, IMPACTED HARD AND BROKE APART. INVESTIGATON REVEALED THAT THE ELEVATOR TORQUE TUBE CONTROL ROD END BEARING HAD FAILED, MAKING ELEVATOR CONTROL IMPOSSIBLE.

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

FAILURE OF THE ELEVATOR CONTROL ROD END BEARING.

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