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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21729
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C195 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 195
Registration: N4426C
MSN: 16011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:West Houston Airport, Houston, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Fredericksburg, TX (T82)
Destination airport:Houston, TX (IWS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot said he made a "smooth wheel landing" on runway 33. Touchdown speed was 80 mph. After the tail wheel settled to the ground, the pilot applied brakes and the airplane started veering to the left. The pilot attempted corrective action, but the airplane started to ground loop. The pilot said side loads on the right main gear caused the wheel to break off. The gear strut dug into the ground and it, too, broke off. The leading edge of the left wing was crushed from the tip to the root, both elevators were bent, and the firewall was wrinkled. The weather was clear and the winds were calm.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control, causing the design stress limits of the airplane to be exceeded. Excessive sideloads incurred caused the right main landing gear wheel and strut to fail.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

10 Jan 2017 N4426C privé 0 Field's Field Luchthaven (7TA0), Tomball, TX min


Revision history:

12-Jul-2008 23:20 Fusko Added
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:22 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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