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|Locale Reference||airport : y47.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Skyhawk 172/Cutlass 172|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : student|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 16|
flight time total : 24
flight time type : 24
|Function||observation : observer|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
excursion : runway
inflight encounter : weather
inflight encounter other
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Problem Areas||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
I was landing in a slight right to left crosswind. I initially touched down on the left side of the runway and bounced slightly. While airborne the aircraft drifted further left and the left landing gear went over the edge of the runway. With the incline, the aircraft was pulled the rest of the way off the runway and was ultimately brought to a stop in thick brush. Cause: inability to maintain directional control on touchdown. Contributing factor: dislodged rudder spring which increased the complexity of controling direction. Unsure of what can be done to prevent a recurrence, short of additional training in my case. There was no indication of a concern regarding directional control in flts prior to this on this day, other than noting extensive use of left rudder to compensate for dislodged rudder spring.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A DISLODGED RUDDER SPRING CONTRIBUTED TO THE PROBS A STUDENT HAD WITH A XWIND LNDG AT Y47.
Narrative: I WAS LNDG IN A SLIGHT R TO L XWIND. I INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN ON THE L SIDE OF THE RWY AND BOUNCED SLIGHTLY. WHILE AIRBORNE THE ACFT DRIFTED FURTHER L AND THE L LNDG GEAR WENT OVER THE EDGE OF THE RWY. WITH THE INCLINE, THE ACFT WAS PULLED THE REST OF THE WAY OFF THE RWY AND WAS ULTIMATELY BROUGHT TO A STOP IN THICK BRUSH. CAUSE: INABILITY TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CTL ON TOUCHDOWN. CONTRIBUTING FACTOR: DISLODGED RUDDER SPRING WHICH INCREASED THE COMPLEXITY OF CTLING DIRECTION. UNSURE OF WHAT CAN BE DONE TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE, SHORT OF ADDITIONAL TRAINING IN MY CASE. THERE WAS NO INDICATION OF A CONCERN REGARDING DIRECTIONAL CTL IN FLTS PRIOR TO THIS ON THIS DAY, OTHER THAN NOTING EXTENSIVE USE OF L RUDDER TO COMPENSATE FOR DISLODGED RUDDER SPRING.
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.