The Taylorcraft BC-65 pilot instructed the runway repair technicians at the airport in Fallston, Md., to move their equipment so that he could depart from the closed runway that was NOTAM’d. He then took off downwind.
Later, he returned and the technicians were surprised when the airplane “committed” to landing downwind on the closed runway.
They quickly moved their equipment from the runway, but the pilot was unable to stop the plane before striking the left wing against a construction vehicle off the left side of the runway, which resulted in substantial damage.
According to NTSB records, this was the pilot’s fourth accident in the previous three years.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing, resulting in collision with equipment off the side of the runway. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s intentional landing on a closed runway with a tailwind.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA039
This November 2013 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.