Steering link failure, loss of control during taxi, Leicester, 10 August 2013.
Pitts S-1S, G-EEPJ
The aircraft developed an uncommanded turn to the right as its speed reduced during a landing roll. The pilot applied left rudder to counter the turn with no effect and the right turn continued and accelerated to the point where the tailwheel unlocked. The aircraft then rapidly pirouetted clockwise through 180º, collapsing the landing gear and striking the left wing on the runway. The pilot was uninjured and vacated the aircraft. The loss of control of the tailwheel was probably caused by detachment of the left side ring which connects the chain and spring from the rudder to the tailwheel steering T-bar.
A correction was issued concerning this report in the March 2015 Bulletin.
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Pitts S-1S G-EEPJ 11-13.pdf (198.93 kb)