NTSB Identification: NYC87LA182.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35231.
Accident occurred Saturday, June 20, 1987 in WELLSVILLE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: MAULE M-4, registration: N40354
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 FLIGHT EXPERIENCED A VIOLENT SHIMMY UPON T/D AND THE ACFT VEERED TO THE RIGHT. THE PILOT MADE A GO-AROUND AND EXPERIENCED THE SAME CONDITION ON THE SECOND T/D. ON THE THIRD T/D, THE PILOT LANDED BUT WAS ONLY ABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE ACFT UNTIL IT HAD SLOWED TO 10-15 MPH. IT THEN VEERED TO THE RIGHT, DIPPING ITS LEFT WING AND COLLAPSING THE LEFT GEAR. THE ACFT CAME TO REST ON THE RUNWAY SUPPORTED BY THE WING, RIGHT MAIN GEAR, AND THE TAIL WHEEL. EXAM OF THE TAIL WHEEL ASSEMBLY REVEALED THAT THE TENSION SPRINGS WERE NOT CONNECTED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:LANDING GEAR,TAILWHEEL ASSEMBLY..DISCONNECTED
DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..FAILURE,TOTAL
GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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