Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Cessna 170B, N2774D, Sasquatch Air LLC: Accident occurred June 28, 2017 at Alamogordo-White Sands Regional Airport (KALM), Alamogordo, Otero County, New Mexico

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA382
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Alamogordo, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N2774D
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that the pilot flying was receiving instruction for a tailwheel endorsement. He added that, during the seventh landing of the day, the pilot extended the downwind to allow for traffic that landed ahead of them. He further added that, during the wheel landing touchdown, as the tail was settling to the ground, a wind gust “turned the airplane’s tail,” which resulted in a ground loop on the runway.   
The left wing, engine mounts, and windscreen sustained substantial damage.  

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

An automated weather observation station at the accident airport recorded wind from 240° at 6 knots. The flight instructor reported that the landing was on runway 22. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot receiving instruction’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in a ground loop. 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sasquatch Air LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2774D

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA382
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Alamogordo, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N2774D
Injuries: 2 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 flight instructor in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that the pilot flying was receiving instruction for a tailwheel endorsement. He added that, during the 7th landing of the day, the pilot extended the downwind to allow for traffic that landed ahead of them. He further added that, during the wheel landing touchdown, as the tail was settling to the ground, a wind gust "turned the airplane's tail," which resulted in a ground loop on the runway.

The flight instructor in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that the pilot flying was receiving instruction for a tailwheel endorsement. He added that, during the 7th landing of the day, the pilot extended the downwind to allow for traffic that landed ahead of them. He further added that, during the wheel landing touchdown, as the tail was settling to the ground, a wind gust "turned the airplane's tail," which resulted in a ground loop on the runway. 

The left wing, engine mounts, and windscreen sustained substantial damage. 

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

An automated weather observation station, at the accident airport, recorded wind from 240° at 6 knots. The flight instructor reported that the landing was on runway 22.

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