NTSB Identification: NYC02LA058.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 09, 2002 in Fremont, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-20, registration: N2254A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot was conducting closed traffic. While compensating for a "light" right crosswind, he executed a normal approach. The airplane touched down, and then started to pull hard to the right. The airplane exited the runway, and ground looped to the right, with the left wing and elevator impacting the ground. Examination of the right tire revealed a cut consistent with impacting a sharp object. The runway was searched for the object, but nothing was found. Prior to the flight, the pilot inspected the tires, noting no anomalies. He did not inspect all of the right tire because the airplane was equipped with wheel fairings.

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

Damage to the right tire, which resulted in a sudden loss of tire pressure and a loss of directional control.

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