Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Port Columbus Int'l Airport

Columbus, Ohio 43219
Sunday, January 7, 1990 13:21 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
THE AIRPLANE WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED WHEN THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED AFTER THE AIRPLANE VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY DURING A LANDING ROLL. A WITNESS WHO OBSERVED THE AIPRLANE FLYING ON FINAL APPROACH REPORTED THAT THE NOSE WHEEL WAS CANTED TO THE LEFT APPROXIMATELY 60 DEGS. THE PILOT REPORTED HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING TAXI PRIOR TO TAKEOFF AND STATED THE TURNING LIMITS OF THE NOSE WHEEL HAD BEEN EXCEEDED DURING GROUND HANDLING OPERATIONS. POST ACCIDENTS INSPECTION REVEALED A BROKEN STEERING LINK IN THE NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY AND A CRACKED GEAR STRUT HOUSING AT THE NOSE GEAR STEERING TRAVEL STOP.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
PILOT'S INADEQUATE PREFLIGHT OF THE AIRPLANE AND THE CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE AIRPLANE WITH A NOSE GEAR STEERING PROBLEM.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/7/1990 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1321 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CityCOLUMBUS  
Event StateOHIO 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site43219  
Event Date Year1990 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportPORT COLUMBUS INT'L  
Event Location Nearest Airport IDCMH  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation816 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1300 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDCMH  
Elevation of weather observation facility816 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height2500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)230 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyFAA 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)981 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateJan 7 1990 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1400 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information42203 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 12 2000 4:43PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN35ST 
NTSB NumberCHI90DEK03  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER  
Aircraft ModelPA-23-250  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-23-250  
Aircraft Serial Number27-7654012  
Certified Max Gross Weight5200 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionDec 27 1989 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection
Airframe Hours1333 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameVANGUARD AIR SERVICE, INC.  
Aircraft Owner Street Address430 N. 16 AVE. EAST  
Aircraft Owner CityDULUTH  
Aircraft Owner StateMN 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode55812  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator NameSOWL, MARCUS E.  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address2D RAD BN 2D SRI GP  
Operator CityCAMP LEJEUNE  
Operator StateNC 
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code28542  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeD36  
Departure CityDULUTH  
Departure StateMN 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1005 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeCMH  
Destination CityCOLUMBUS  
Destination StateOH 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:35AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location28  
Runway Length10701 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--