NTSB Identification: LAX01LA130.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 29, 2001 in Holbrook, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA18-150, registration: N9299D
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot lost directional control after landing and the airplane veered off the runway to the right coming to rest on the nose. He reported a left crosswind of about 10 knots. The pilot also reported that the lower rudder hinge point had separated from the vertical tail post. The steerable tail wheel is attached to the rudder horns near that hinge. As a result of the failure of the lower rudder hinge point, both rudder control and tail wheel steering were lost, resulting in the pilot's inability to maintain direction control.

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

Failure of the rudder lower hinge attach point resulting in a loss of rudder control and steerable tailwheel control. A factor was the crosswind condition.

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