NTSB Identification: ATL88DMG04.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38075.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 17, 1988 in HONEA PATH, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: MARREK SMYTH SIDEWINDER, registration: N25150
Injuries: 1 Minor.

AFTER TOUCHDOWN FOLLOWING A NORMAL APPROACH, THE AIRCRAFT ROLLED APPROXIMATELY 400 FEET. THE PILOT APPLIED THE BRAKES AND THE AIRPLANE HIT A RUTTED AREA IN THE RUNWAY. THIS RESULTED IN AN OVERLOAD FAILURE OF THE NOSE GEAR. THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED UNDER THE COWL, AND THE AIRPLANE FLIPPED OVER. THE NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY HAD A BENDING FAILURE AT AN ENGINE MOUNT ATTACHMENT POINT WHICH ALLOWED THE NOSE WHEEL FAIRING AND THE PROPELLER TO DIG INTO THE RUNWAY.

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

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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