The pilot reported that while in the traffic pattern at the airport in Watsonville, Calif., the Tecnam P92’s right rudder stopped responding.
She aligned the airplane with the runway for landing and touched down long. During the landing roll, she lost directional control and the plane departed the runway, and continued through the grass and dirt for about 500 feet.
The front main landing gear collapsed and the plane came to a stop on its nose. The engine’s firewall and the tube frame behind the firewall were substantially damaged, but there were no injuries.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR14CA033
This October 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.