Skystar Kitfox Mk 5, G-LESZ
After touching down from a normal approach, the pilot was unable to prevent the aircraft from veering to the left and colliding with a hedge. Although no defects could be found with the tailwheel assembly, it was possible that, on takeoff, the wheel had disengaged from its detent connecting it to the rudder and that a misaligned operating spring had become foreshortened, biassing the wheel to the left.
Skystar Kitfox MK5, G-LESZ 12-09.pdf (302.01 kb)
Date of occurrence: 2 July 2009