NTSB Identification: DFW07LA052.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, January 02, 2007 in Tulsa, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2007
Aircraft: Fairchild Merlin SA-226-T, registration: YV-2045
Injuries: 9 Uninjured.

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The twin pressurized turboprop airplane veered to the left and departed the runway during landing on runway 19R. Runway 19R was reported to be a 5,102-foot long by 100-foot wide asphalt runway. The airplane came to rest on the grass between runway 13 and taxiway Juliet. The pilot reported that following a normal full-flap landing, the airplane started to veer to the left as soon as the nose wheel tires touched down on the runway. The pilot was not able to compensate for the uncommanded drift as result of the nose wheel steering mechanism. The airplane sustained structural damage to the nose section & nose wheel assembly. The 7 passengers and 2 crewmembers egressed the airplane normally and sustained no injuries. The reason for the uncommanded left drift could not be determined. A completed NTSB Form 6120.1 was not received from either one of the pilots nor the operator. The weather was reported as calm winds, 10 statute miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 45 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 28 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.41 inches of Mercury.

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

The loss of control as result of the malfunction of the nose wheel steering mechanism during landing for undetermined reasons.

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