This October 2008 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: Cessna 170. Injuries: None. Location: Butler, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane in gusty crosswinds. He lost directional control of the airplane and veered off the 4,000-foot by 75-foot runway. The airplane hit a bump and then ground looped. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control and his failure to compensate for wind conditions which resulted in a ground loop.
For more information: NTSB.gov