Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ANC20CA048

Skwentna, AK, USA

Aircraft #1


Piper PA18


The pilot was landing the tailwheel and tundra tire-equipped airplane on a gravel surfaced runway. After touchdown, the airplane veered right and the pilot applied left rudder and left brake, but the airplane continued and ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left elevator and left wing. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operations. In the recommendation section of the NTSB Accident/Incident Reporting Form 6120.1, the pilot stated that the accident may have been prevented if she had been more proficient in the accident airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a ground loop.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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