Grass compromises Waco’s wing

Aircraft: Waco Classic YMF-F5C. Injuries: None. Location: Charleston, Ill. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot performed a precautionary landing in a field because he thought the engine was running rough.

After the landing, he decided that the airplane was airworthy, and attempted to take off from a nearby gravel road.

During the takeoff roll, the left wing dragged in the high grass that bordered both sides of the road, which caused the airplane to cartwheel approximately 180°.

Probable cause: The pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain to takeoff after making a precautionary landing.

NTSB Identification: CEN11CA400

This June 2011 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.

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