Squawk Box

February 2008 Issue

Bent, Corroded, Cracked

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts.

A pilot reported total loss of elevator control on final approach. Investigation revealed the rear control stick was no longer connected to the elevator push rod. The aft belly pan was removed and a loose bolt and washer were found. The nut was not found. The other rod ends were inspected for safety; the self-locking nut and bolt for the aft interconnect push rod was very loose. The existing hardware was not reinstalled because it was found loose during the inspection. New hardware was installed for each noted discrepancy. The owner was advised to have a factory service center inspect the aircraft, and make repairs according to the maintenance manual and parts book.

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