NTSB Identification: CHI88FA005.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35109.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 14, 1987 in LANSING, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA TU-206G, registration: N9359Z
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER TAKEOFF THE PLT NOTED STRONG PRESSURE ON THE RIGHT RUDDER. HE TRIMMED OUT THE RUDDER PRESSURE AND CONTINUED TO FLY IN THE LOCAL AREA. APPROACH FLARE AND TOUCHDOWN WERE NORMAL. WHEN THE NOSE WHEEL CONTACTED THE RUNWAY THE AIRPLANE VEERED SHARPLY TO THE LEFT, TIPPED TO THE RIGHT, AND DRAGGED THE RIGHT WING TIP RESULTING IN SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT WING. THE BOLT (AN3H3A) THAT HOLDS THE COLLAR (PN1243617-1) TO THE STRUT WAS FOUND BROKEN ALLOWING THE COLLAR TO BECOME LOOSE PREVENTING THE NOSEWHEEL FROM CENTERING WHEN AIRPLANE BECAME AIRBORNE. THE COCKED NOSEWHEEL RESULTED IN THE UNUSUAL RUDDER PRESSURE. EXAM OF THE FRACTURED SURFACE OF THE BOLT SHOWED THAT OXIDATION HAD REMOVED THE FRACTURE PATTERN. THE CAUSE OF THE BOLT FAILURE COULD NOT BE DETERMINED.

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

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..FAILURE,PARTIAL

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

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..LOOSE

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

NOSEWHEEL STEERING..NOT POSSIBLE


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED

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