NTSB Identification: CHI06CA270.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 21, 2006 in Auburn, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/28/2006
Aircraft: Devereux Mustang II, registration: N44DX
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 ground loop while landing on runway 09. The pilot reported he had been practicing touch and go landings and that the accident occurred on the 11th landing of the flight. He reported the airplane touched down and was rolling out on the centerline when it suddenly veered to the right. He reported he was unable to straighten out the heading and the airplane traveled off the side of the runway into the grass. The local winds were from 090 degrees at 4 knots. Inspection of the airplane revealed the weld which attached the left main landing gear strut to the airframe had failed.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The failure of the left main landing gear attachment weld which resulted in the pilot's inablility to maintain directional control of the airplane during the landing roll. Full narrative available
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