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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : stl|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdc|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 7500
flight time type : 500
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Mar/mon/92 approximately XX00 CST, stl taking off 30R from romeo taxiway. As I was developing full horsepower going through 40 KTS IAS, the right rudder pedal jerked to the floor and the airplane started a violent skid to the right. I could not put enough pressure on left rudder to correct action. Plane ground looped to the right catching the pavement with the left wing tip. Then the propeller struck the pavement before the plane came to rest 180 degrees from the direction of intended takeoff (300 degrees heading). Something jerked the plane to the right. There was no significant wind. The weight of the airplane against the tire in the skid must have prevented me applying enough left rudder to correct the right turn. When the airplane slowed down enough for the nose wheel to bite, it initiated the ground loop, but was still too fast to avoid the ground strikes.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA EXPERIENCES RWY EXCURSION AFTER LOSS OF ACFT CTL. WING TIP PROP STRIKE AS ACFT DAMAGED.
Narrative: MAR/MON/92 APPROX XX00 CST, STL TAKING OFF 30R FROM ROMEO TAXIWAY. AS I WAS DEVELOPING FULL HORSEPOWER GOING THROUGH 40 KTS IAS, THE R RUDDER PEDAL JERKED TO THE FLOOR AND THE AIRPLANE STARTED A VIOLENT SKID TO THE R. I COULD NOT PUT ENOUGH PRESSURE ON L RUDDER TO CORRECT ACTION. PLANE GND LOOPED TO THE R CATCHING THE PAVEMENT WITH THE L WING TIP. THEN THE PROP STRUCK THE PAVEMENT BEFORE THE PLANE CAME TO REST 180 DEGS FROM THE DIRECTION OF INTENDED TKOF (300 DEGS HDG). SOMETHING JERKED THE PLANE TO THE R. THERE WAS NO SIGNIFICANT WIND. THE WT OF THE AIRPLANE AGAINST THE TIRE IN THE SKID MUST HAVE PREVENTED ME APPLYING ENOUGH L RUDDER TO CORRECT THE R TURN. WHEN THE AIRPLANE SLOWED DOWN ENOUGH FOR THE NOSE WHEEL TO BITE, IT INITIATED THE GND LOOP, BUT WAS STILL TOO FAST TO AVOID THE GND STRIKES.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.