Aircraft: Cessna L-19. Injuries: None. Location: Lancaster, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot landed the tailwheel-equipped airplane on the main wheels and upon slowing to about 20 mph, lowered the tailwheel to the runway.
The airplane veered to the right. He attempted to regain control by applying the left brake, but over-corrected and the airplane ground looped.
The post-accident inspection revealed substantial damage to the right wing spar.
The pilot stated that he should have added power to maintain directional control as soon as the turn started.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a ground loop.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA614
This September 2012 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.