Incident: Piper Pacer PA 20/22,G-APYI, Meath, 21 Aug 2005: Report No 2006-022


The tail wheeled aircraft took off from a private airfield in Navan for a ferry flight to a neighbouring airfield at Athboy, a few miles distant. On climb out, the pilot attempted to correct a tendency to swing left with application of right rudder.  However, even full right rudder input failed to fully correct this tendency.  On landing at Athboy a crosswind weathercocked the aircraft to the left and with insufficient right rudder available to the pilot, the aircraft impacted a ditch and came to rest.  Subsequent investigation showed considerable play between the right pedal bolt and its attachment to the torque tube.

Occurrence Date: 
Sunday, 21 August, 2005
Report Date: 
Monday, 9 October, 2006