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Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, Earth Angel Aviators Inc., N4095A: Accident occurred April 09, 2016 in Chesterfield, St. Louis County, Missouri


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA217
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 09, 2016 in Chesterfield, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N4095A
Injuries: 3 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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll in gusty crosswind conditions, the airplane started to veer to the right. The pilot further reported that he applied left rudder and brake, but the airplane ground looped to the right and the left wing struck the runway. 

The left wing and left elevator were substantially damaged. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

An automated weather observing system at the airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 080 degrees true at 7 knots, for the landing on runway 26.

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 and a wing strike.

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