NTSB Identification: ATL85LA025.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27047.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 31, 1984 in CHARLOTTE, NC
Aircraft: Smith, Ted Aerostar AEROSTAR 600A, registration: N90609
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.

DURING FINAL APPROACH THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO LOWER THE NOSE GEAR THEREFORE HE LANDED WITH THE NOSE GEAR RETRACTED. POST CRASH EXAMINATION REVEALED THAT THE NOSE STEERING ACTUATING BOLT WAS FRACTURED. THE FACTURE SURFACES EXHIBITED SIGNATURES OF A PROGRESSIVE FATIGUE FAILURE.

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

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..JAMMED

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

LANDING GEAR,STEERING SYSTEM..FATIGUE

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

MAINTENANCE,INSPECTION..INADEQUATE..COMPANY MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL

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