NTSB Identification: CHI83LA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 17, 1982 in GRAYSLAKE, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/17/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N8259M
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 ARRIVAL, THE PILOT LANDED ON RUNWAY 24 WITH A LEFT QUARTERING, GUSTY HEAD WIND AT 8 TO 10 KTS. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT DURING THE LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT SUDDENLY VEERED LEFT AND WENT OFF THE RUNWAY. AFTER DEPARTING THE RUNWAY, THE AIRCRAFT HIT A DITCH/BANK AND THE NOSE GEAR FAILED. THE PILOT SUSPECTED THAT THE NOSEWHEEL STEERING FAILED OR MALFUNCTIONED. HOWEVER, A MECHANIC INSPECTED THE NOSE GEAR AND THE STEERING SYSTEM AND FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF ANY PREIMPACT MALFUNCTION.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH

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