NTSB Identification: CHI05CA072.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 10, 2005 in Indianapolis, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/28/2005
Aircraft: Gulfstream American 690C, registration: N840JK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The airplane was substantially damaged during a runway excursion while landing. The pilot reported that the landing was normal, on centerline and that touchdown was at the 1000-foot runway markings. He noted that when the main landing gear touched down, he reduced engine power. He stated that as the nose lowered the "aircraft veered sharply to the left." He reportedly held "full right rudder and right aileron" but the aircraft did not respond. The aircraft departed the left side of the runway, struck a runway light and came to rest in the muddy grass area next to the runway pavement. A post-accident inspection did not reveal any anomalies with the nose wheel steering and rudder control systems. A direct right crosswind of approximately 13 knots existed at the time of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing touchdown and rollout. Contributing factors were the pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind condition, the runway light which the aircraft struck and the muddy grass area encountered during the runway excursion. Full narrative available
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