Sunday, October 15, 2017

Travel Air 4000, N9872, Fun Flights LLC: Accident occurred November 14, 2015 at McClellan–Palomar Airport (KCRQ), Carlsbad, San Diego County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Fun Flights LLC:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA049
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Carlsbad, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: CURTISS WRIGHT Travel Air, registration: N9872
Injuries: 3 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.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped biplane, during the fourth landing roll of the day, the airplane "fish tailed" to the right and he was not able to maintain directional control. The airplane ground looped to the left on the runway, the right main landing gear collapsed and the lower right wing struck the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower right wing and wing strut.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies prior to or during the flight that would have prevented 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, resulting in a ground-loop, and substantial damage to the right wing and wing strut.

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