NTSB Identification: BFO87LA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31674.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 02, 1986 in HILLSVILLE, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N6003D
Injuries: 1 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.

AFTER TOUCHDOWN ON THE RWY, THE PLT HELD THE NOSE WHEEL OFF FOR ABOUT 200 FEET OF TRAVEL BY HOLDING THE CONTROL WHEEL BACK. ACCORDING TO HIM, THE ACFT THEN VEERED TO THE LEFT AND HE WAS UNABLE TO STEER IT WITH THE RUDDER PEDALS. THE ACFT WENT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RWY AND NOSED OVER ON AN ADJACENT GRASS AREA. AN EXAM OF THE ACFT REVEALED THAT THE NOSE GEAR WAS BENT ABOUT 30 DEGREES TO THE LEFT. THE BRAKES TESTED SATISFACTORY AND THE WHEELS ROTATED FREELY.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


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