NTSB Identification: LAX94LA151.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 04, 1994 in CONCORD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/1994
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7ECA, registration: N5038M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE HAD JUST COMPLETED A 5-HOUR DUAL INSTRUCTION PERIOD IN TAILWHEEL AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT SAID HE HAD NO PRIOR TAILWHEEL AIRPLANE EXPERIENCE. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE WAS ON HIS EIGHTH TOUCH-AND-GO PATTERN OPERATION AND LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING. THE AIRCRAFT VEERED TO THE EDGE OF THE RUNWAY AND THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HE OVER- CORRECTED SOMEWHAT. THE HORIZONTAL STABILIZER STRUCK THE RUNWAY SIGN AS THE PILOT ADDED POWER TO TAKEOFF; THE COLLISION BENT THE STABILIZER. AS THE AIRCRAFT BECAME AIRBORNE, THE PILOT FELT THAT IT WAS UNCONTROLLABLE AND HE SET IT BACK DOWN ON THE RUNWAY IN A CRAB. ON TOUCHDOWN, THE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING A TOUCH-AND-GO LANDING. A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S LIMITED EXPEREINCE IN TAILWHEEL AIRCRAFT.

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