Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Waco CTO, N744H: Accident occurred March 29, 2016 in Ridgeland, Jasper County, South Carolina

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA West Columbia FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA170

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Ridgeland, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: WACO CTO, registration: N744H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped bi-plane reported that during the landing roll, the bi-plane started turning to the right, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the nose of the bi-plane impacted the ground. 

The bi-plane sustained substantial damage to the left lower wing.

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a ground loop.

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