Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Aviat A-1C-180 Husky, N13BF: Accident occurred May 01, 2016 in Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA225
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 01, 2016 in Harlingen, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C-180, registration: N13BF
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 reported that he bounced once during the landing touchdown in crosswind conditions, and subsequently ground looped to the left. During the ground loop, the right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing was substantially damaged when it impacted the runway. 

An automated weather observing system, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 080 degrees true at 14 knots, for the landing on runway 17 left. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane 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 in crosswind conditions, which resulted in a ground loop and substantial damage to the right wing.

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