Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Cessna 170, J & J Aviation, N9002A: Accident occurred December 05, 2016 at Blue Ridge Airport (KMTV), Martinsville, Virginia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

J & J AVIATION: http://registry.faa.gov/N9002A

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA091
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, December 05, 2016 in Martinsville, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N9002A
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 airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered left of centerline and that he attempted to correct with right brake input but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued to veer off the runway to the left, ground looped, and the right wing impacted the ground. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that, about 10 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 120° at 4 knots. The airplane landed on runway 30.

The pilot reported no preaccident 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.

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, the airplane veered left of center line, he attempted to correct with right brake input, but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued to veer off the runway to the left, ground looped, and the right wing impacted the ground. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, revealed that, about 10 minutes before the accident the wind was 120° at 4 knots. The airplane landed on runway 30.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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