NTSB Identification: DEN03LA005.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 09, 2002 in Watkins, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/2003
Aircraft: Piper PA-20, registration: N7672K
Injuries: 2 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 assistant airport manager said the airplane was landing on runway 8. He said the airplane ground looped and exited the south side of the runway. According to his accident report, the pilot said the left brake was "not there" on landing roll, and the right brake grabbed. He said a leakage of the left brake line was discovered upon examination of the airplane which resulted in the failure of the left brake. The outboard 8 feet of the left wing was bent upward, and the tip of the left elevator was bent.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's inability [not possible] to control the airplane during landing roll due to the failure of the left brake, and the subsequent inadvertent ground loop.
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