Accident Piper PA-18-150 N83517,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 297689
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Date:Saturday 5 January 2002
Time:10:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-18-150
Registration: N83517
MSN: 18-7709062
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:RENO, Nevada -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV (RNO/KRNO)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane ground looped during routine pattern work. The pilot made one successful touch-and-go landing. About 300 feet from touchdown, he noticed he was experiencing a quartering left tailwind. He considered performing a wheel landing with partial flaps, but decided to make a full stall landing with full flaps. The touchdown was good, but during the landing roll the airplane began to veer to the right. He applied left rudder, but got no response. He then applied more left rudder and some left brake. The airplane immediately veered left at an angle of 45 degrees to the runway centerline. He reacted with right rudder and brake and the airplane turned to the right so that it was pointed 30 degrees to the right of the centerline. As the airplane reached the centerline, the airplane ground looped. The left axle broke and the left spar sustained substantial damage.

Probable Cause: The pilot failed to maintain directional control resulting in an inadvertent ground loop. A contributing factor was the tailwind.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report



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