Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II, G-BTAM
Shortly after departure the pilot noticed a loss of aileron control and made an uneventful diversion and landing using the rudder to control bank and heading. The eye end on the right aileron control rod had failed at the aileron due to reverse bending fatigue. This was caused by the bearing in the eye end having seized, due to corrosion and an absence of lubrication.
Date of occurrence: 24 August 2010