Aircraft: Taylorcraft F-22. Injuries: None. Location: Payson, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot and a pilot-rated passenger had planned to practice touch-and-go takeoffs and landings on runway 6, but the other airplanes in the traffic pattern were using runway 24, so they switched to runway 24.
The airplane was set up to land with a 3-4 knot left-quartering tailwind. The touchdown was smooth, but during the rollout the airplane veered to the right and went off the runway.
The pilot’s efforts to regain directional were unsuccessful and the airplane hit an airport perimeter fence.
Probable cause: The pilot’s selection of a wrong runway to practice touch-and-go takeoffs and landings.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA328
This July 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.