Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Aeronca 11AC Chief, N9595E: Accident occurred March 25, 2017 at Warroad International Memorial Airport (KRRT), Roseau County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota
  
http://registry.faa.gov/N9595E

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA203
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Warroad, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/2017
Aircraft: AERONCA 11AC, registration: N9595E
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, he flared high and bounced. 

The airplane touched down again, and a “gust of wind blew [him] off the runway.” 

He attempted to recover by adding full power to go around; however, the airplane exited the runway to the left and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage. 

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

A review of current weather conditions at the accident airport revealed that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 150° at 9 knots. The airplane landed on runway 31.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s improper landing flare and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control during the landing in tailwind conditions.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing he flared high and bounced. The airplane touched down again and a "gust of wind blew [him] off the runway". He attempted to recover by adding full power to go around, however the airplane exited the runway to the left and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage. 

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


A review of current weather at the accident airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind 150° at 9 knots. The airplane landed on runway 31.

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