NTSB Identification: ATL88LA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35913.
Accident occurred Sunday, November 08, 1987 in UNION CITY, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1989
Aircraft: Ercoupe (Eng & Research Corp.) 415-CD, registration: N3849H
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 PLT RPRTD THE ACFT STARTED TO VEER OFF THE RWY AFTER A 'ROUGH' LNDG. HE ATMTD TO STEER THE PLANE WITH THE STEERING CONTROL, BUT IT WOULD NOT RESPOND. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT VEERED OFF THE RWY. ABOUT 50' TO THE SIDE OF THE RWY, THE NOSE GEAR HIT A HOLE & COLLAPSED. A POST-ACDNT EXAM REVEALED THE STEERING LUG ON THE NOSEWHEEL STRUT HAD FRACTURED & SEPARATED. NO EVIDENCE OF FATIGUE WAS FOUND. THIS ACFT WAS EQUIPPED WITH INDEPENDENT, PEDAL OPERATED BRAKES.

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

LANDING GEAR,STEERING SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..NOT CORRECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN



Contributing Factors

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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