This August 2009 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: Aeronca 7AC. Injuries: None. Location: Finleyville, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings in the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a 2,505-foot asphalt runway. He reported the landing was normal, a speed of approximately 60 mph, but the airplane went off the left side of the runway. It hit a hangar located approximately 200 feet from the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the airframe. There were no skid marks or evidence of braking from the runway to the point of impact at the hangar.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing.
For more information: NTSB.gov NTSB Identification: ERA09CA465