NTSB Identification: CEN14LA210
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Sturgis, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2014
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL 114, registration: N4890W
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that, due to a right crosswind, he applied full left rudder and right aileron during the approach for landing. When the nose landing gear touched down on the runway, the airplane immediately veered to the left. The pilot applied full right rudder and right brake to no effect. The airplane veered off the runway and the nose gear hit a hole, which resulted in the right wing impacting the terrain. The examination of the nose landing gear steering system revealed that one of the pulleys on the right side of the nose landing gear was cracked and would not turn. Further examination revealed that it was possible for the steering cable to bind in the crack of the pulley and not allow the nose gear to move.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: A cracked nose landing gear pulley, which resulted in the binding of the nosewheel steering system.
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