NTSB Identification: DFW05CA196.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 31, 2005 in New Roads, LA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Cessna 120, registration: N1703N
Injuries: 1 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.
After the 5,883-hour commercial pilot touched down, at about 45-50 miles per hour (MPH) on Runway 36 (a 5,002-foot by 75-foot asphalt runway), the airplane started an uncomanded slow right turn. The pilot corrected with left rudder and the airplane responded left back towards the runway centerline. When a small amount of right rudder pedal did not arrest the now left turn, the pilot applied full right rudder pedal to no avail. The left turn continued until the airplane was perpendicular with the runway centerline and began to "hop" on the right main landing gear. On the third "hop" the right main landing gear collapsed, the windscreen broke out, and the right wing tip contacted the edge of the runway. After turning approximately 150 degrees the airplane came to rest in an upright position halfway over the edge of the runway. No anomalies were found with the flight controls, rudder system, or tail-wheel of the airplane. The closest weather reporting facility, located 20 nautical miles southeast from the site of the accident, was reporting no wind seven minutes before the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain control during the landing roll. Full narrative available
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