NTSB Identification: DEN84LA146.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24515.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 10, 1984 in WINNER, SD
Aircraft: MAULE M-4-220C, registration: N40352
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 REPORTED THAT A GUST OF WIND WAS ENCOUNTERED DURING THE LANDING ROLL. THE ACFT SWERVED TO THE RIGHT & LEFT RUDDER DID NOT CORRECT THE SITUATION. THE ACFT LEFT THE RWY & COLLIDED WITH A DITCH. THE PLT SAID THAT HE EXAMINED THE TAILWHEEL AFTER THE ACCIDENT & FOUND IT 'UNDULY STIFF.' HE THOUGHT THIS MADE CONTROL OF THE TAILWHEEL 'WEAK TO NON-EXISTENT.' HE DID NOT MENTION ANY PREVIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THE TAILWHEEL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
LANDING GEAR,TAILWHEEL ASSEMBLY..MOVEMENT RESTRICTED
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