NTSB Identification: NYC06CA141.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 29, 2006 in Mount Pocono, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/2006
Aircraft: Maule M-5-180C, registration: N5640S
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.

The Maule M-5-180C airplane touched down on the main landing gear, and then the tailwheel touched down shortly thereafter. The pilot then experienced a "very strong pull to the left," and attempted to correct with aileron and rudder. The airplane departed the runway to the left, struck the wing, and came to rest upright. Examination of the tailwheel revealed that the retention clip for the right compression spring was missing, and the spring had disconnected from the swing arm. The retention clip was not recovered.

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

The disconnected tailwheel compression spring, which resulted in a loss of directional control.

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