Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Champion 7ECA Citabria, N2537F: Accident occurred June 15, 2017 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY), Los Angeles County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA413
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Van Nuys, CA
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N2537F
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 drifted to the right and he corrected with rudder, but then the airplane "started to pull" to the left. He added that his "rudder input failed to stop the plane from continuing to the left", the airplane ground looped to the left, and the right wing tip hit the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

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