Pilot loses control in crosswind

This February 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: North American AT-6C. Injuries: None. Location: Mesa, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings on runway 22L. The wind was from 160° at 10 knots. The airplane touched down and bounced. The pilot attempt to transition the airplane to a three-point landing but the wind lifted up the left wing. He attempted to correct, however the tailwheel was not yet on the ground. The airplane veered to the left and the right main landing gear collapsed.

Probable cause: The inadequate compensation for the crosswind and failure to maintain directional control during landing.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: WPR10CA143

 

 

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