NTSB Identification: BFO89DIG03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39032.
Incident occurred Sunday, July 30, 1989 in CUMBERLAND, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/09/1992
Aircraft: SMITH MINIPLANE, registration: N4655Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

THE PLT WAS MAKING A HIGH SPEED TAXI RUN, WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. HE REPORTED HAVING DIFFICULTY STEERING THE ACFT AS HE WAS TAXIING DOWN THE RWY. CONTROL OF THE ACFT WAS LOST AND IT VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY INTO A WOODED AREA. INSPECTION OF THE ACFT FAILED TO REVEAL ANY MECHANICAL FAILURE/MALFUNCTION OF THE LANDING GEAR AND/OR ACFT STEERING.

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

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DURING HIGH SPEED TAXI TESTS.

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