Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Stillwater, Okla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting a wheel-landing in the tailwheel airplane. The main wheels touched down first but before he was able to get the tailwheel down, the airplane started to weathervane and swerved hard to the right. The wing hit the runway, and the airplane nosed over.
According to the airport’s weather reporting station, the wind shifted from 180° at 3 knots to 330° at 14 knots with gusts to 25 knots at the time of the landing.
Probable cause: The pilot’s on-ground loss of control during the landing roll upon encountering a sudden wind shift and gust.
NTSB Identification: CEN11LA579
This August 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.