Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Ketchikan, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane told investigators that he took off from runway 29 with a slight left quartering tailwind.
As the airplane accelerated, it veered to the left although he was applying full right rudder. The airplane then veered right, and the left main gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
The pilot said that the accident might have been avoided if he had used a different runway.
Probable cause: The pilot’s decision to take off with a quartering tailwind, which resulted in a loss of control.
NTSB Identification: ANC12CA045
This June 2012 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.