NTSB Identification: MIA96LA119.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 16, 1996 in PORTLAND, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/16/1996
Aircraft: Aeronca 7BCM, registration: N2908E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The pilot did not obtain a weather briefing before the flight. After touchdown with a wind 10 degrees behind the right wing at 17 knots with gusts to 26 knots, the airplane bounced three times. During the landing roll at near taxing speed, a gust of wind occurred and the airplane became airborne and drifted off the left side of the runway. The pilot then applied power but with obstructions ahead he elected to stall the airplane into a field causing substantial damage to the airplane.

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

Delay by the pilot-in-command to perform a go-around after the airplane bounced three times during the landing attempt. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the pilot to obtain a preflight weather briefing and his poor in-flight planning decision for attempting to land with a wind 10 degrees behind the right wing at 17 knots with gusts to 26 knots.

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