Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Peter Prince Field Airport

Milton, Florida 32583
Tuesady, January 22, 2002 15:00 CST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The pilot stated that after takeoff the flight returned after flying uneventfully for about 1/2 hour with the intention of performing touch-and-go landings. The windsock indicated that the wind was light and variable and the flight entered right traffic for runway 18. He noted that the first indication of a problem was evident upon rolling out on final approach; the airplane was drifting to the right. He rechecked the windsock and confirmed a light wind nearly aligned with the runway. He later stated that it felt like the airplane was skidding which was confirmed by the turn and bank indicator which was indicating the ball being fully deflected to the left even though no right rudder pedal input was applied by him. At that point he changed from doing touch-and-go landings to a full stop landing and performed a go-around and reentered the traffic pattern for runway 18. He performed a second go-around due to the approach being, "similarly uncomfortable" and again reentered the traffic pattern for runway 18. He reported that during the third approach he had full left rudder pedal input and nearly full left aileron inputs applied and was, "...able to keep wings level and fly fairly straight down the runway." He also reported that left rudder pedal input did not appear to have any effect. He performed a wheel landing momentarily then after the tail wheel contacted the runway, the airplane "immediately" swerved violently to the right and departed the runway into the grass. The airplane ground looped and came to rest with the empennage elevated. Postaccident examination of the rudder flight control system revealed the left rudder cable was off the pulley and "light hand pull on cable allows lateral deflection of one to two inches." The rudder control surface and the tailwheel were free to move, no binding was noted in the rudder flight control system. Both rudder return springs were not failed and there was no failure of either rudder flight control cable. Review of the maintenance records of the airplane revealed that the airplane was inspected last in accordance with an annual inspection that was signed off on November 24, 2001. The airplane had accumulated approximately 22 hours since the inspection at the time of the accident. Further review of the maintenance records revealed an entry dated May 17,1995, indicating that the airplane was restored between December 1991, and May 1995. There was no record of work performed to the rudder flight control system in the last 5 years. Review of the airplane Service Manual revealed in part rudder cable tension is checked during a 100-Hour, 500-Hour, and 1,000-Hour inspections.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The inability of the pilot to maintain directional control of the airplane resulting in a ground loop. A finding in the investigation was a loose left rudder flight control cable.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/22/2002 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1500 
Event Time ZoneCentral Standard Time 
Event CityMilton 
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site32583 
Event Date Year2002 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude303815N 
Event Location Longitude0865937W 
Event Location AirportPeter Prince Field Airport 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID2R4 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation82 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1455 Central Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)345 
Weather Observation Facility IDKNSE 
Elevation of weather observation facility200 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationCST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height1500 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions-- 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)20 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)16 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)160 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)11 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.17 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
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 AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)12232 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA FSDO Birmingham, AL  
NTSB Notification DateJan 29 2002 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1023 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 10 2002 8:12AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeBirmingham, AL 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN41686 
NTSB NumberMIA02LA055 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBellanca 
Aircraft Model7KCAB 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number398-73 
Certified Max Gross Weight1650 
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 gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionNov 24 2001 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection22 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameGold Wings Ltd. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address30 Old Rudnick Lane 
Aircraft Owner CityDover 
Aircraft Owner StateDE 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode19901 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
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 BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code2R4  
Departure CityMilton 
Departure StateFL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1430 
Departure Time ZoneCST 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code2R4  
Destination City-- 
Destination State-- 
Destination Country-- 
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredYes 
Date of most recent change to recordAug 16 2002 1:07PM 
User who most recently changed recordKENJ  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location18 
Runway Length3700 
Runway Width75 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--