NTSB Identification: NYC83LA084.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20647.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 31, 1983 in BATAVIA, NY
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N7364R
Injuries: 4 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 PILOT HAD TROUBLE WITH MAINTAINING HEADING DURING THE ENTIRE FLIGHT DUE TO MALFUNCTION OF THE RUDDER TRIM. DURING LANDING, DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST AND THE ACFT LEFT THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH TREES. AN INSPECTION OF THE RUDDER SYS REVEALED EXCESSIVE CLEARANCE (.05% INCH) BETWEEN THE HORIZONTAL DRIVE SPROCHET THE REAR VERTICAL DRIVE SPROCHET. WITH THIS PROBLEM, THE PLT COULD NOT RETURN THE RUDDER TRIM TO NEUTRAL.

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

FLT CONTROL SYST,RUDDER TRIM/TAB CONTROL..BINDING(MECHANICAL)


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,STEERING SYSTEM..OTHER


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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