Officials release U-2 mishap report

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A report released by Air Combat Command officials Dec. 12 cited installation of an incorrect part as the primary cause of an Aug. 15 mishap that damaged a U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

The 9th Reconnaissance Wing aircraft was performing touch-and-go landings when the pilot lost control and the aircraft departed the runway. No one was injured in the mishap.

An accident investigation board reported maintenance workers installed an incorrect torque arm on the aircraft's tail landing gear scissors assembly. The eventual failure of the part caused the tail wheel to spin, resulting in the pilot losing directional control of the aircraft. (Courtesy of ACC News Service)