Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary WPR20CA154

Spotted Horse, WY, USA

Aircraft #1


Champion 7GCBC


Same as Factual Information

Factual Information

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the takeoff roll, on a moderately downhill sloped field, with what he believed was a calm wind, he noticed that the airspeed was not increasing as anticipated. The pilot chose to abort the takeoff and reduced power and applied full braking application. After the airplane slowed considerably, and losing elevator authority, the tail of the airplane lifted. The pilot was unable to release the brakes in time to avoid the airplane from nosing over and coming to rest inverted. After exiting the airplane, the pilot reported that he noticed that the takeoff was with a tailwind of about 10 to 15 knots and shifting directions. Both wings and the rudder were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot's loss of directional control during an aborted takeoff with a tailwind, which resulted in a noseover.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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