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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229548
Last updated: 1 October 2019
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Type:Piper PA 20
Owner/operator:Gateway Tailwheel Club LLC
Registration: N7492K
C/n / msn: 20-407
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Dayton, OH -
Departure airport:Dayton, OH (MGY)
Destination airport:Dayton, OH (MGY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing flare, he felt a wind shift push the airplane left of centerline. He applied opposite rudder, but the airplane touched down "skewed" to the right. The airplane then exited the runway to the right and ground looped on an adjacent field. 
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. 
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot reported that the wind was variable at 6 knots at the accident site. He added that, during the short final leg of the approach, the wind was from about 210º and that, during the landing flare, the wind shifted to from about 280º. The airport’s automated weather observation station reported that, about 20 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 310º at 9 knots and that, about 30 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 180° at 8 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 20.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate compensation for variable crosswind conditions during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion. 



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-Oct-2019 18:10 ASN Update Bot Added

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