FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING SUSTAINED TAIL WHEEL DAMAGE, JERMONE, IDAHO
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA316
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 04, 2013 in Brookfield, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2013
Aircraft: SHELDRICK JOHN H RV-6, registration: N77GT
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 approached the airport, intending to land on the grass runway. He said that his approach was high and he introduced a slip in order to lose altitude. During the slip, the airplane turned to the left, which he did not notice. He continued the landing and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and vertical stabilizer and rudder. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical problems with the airplane. Postaccident examination revealed that the airplane was landed in a marsh about 400 yards north of the east-west oriented runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain runway alignment and his failure to recognize that the airplane had drifted away from the runway prior to landing.