Aircraft: Cessna 170. Injuries: None. Location: Fairbanks, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a gravel airstrip. During the landing roll, the airplane ground-looped to the left and the right wing struck the ground.
The pilot stated that the accident could have been avoided if he had more training and experience in tailwheel-equipped airplanes.
Probable cause:The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s lack of experience/training in tailwheel-equipped airplanes.
NTSB Identification: ANC11CA104
This September 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.