NTSB Identification: MIA96LA158.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 16, 1996 in GREEN COVE SPGS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/1996
Aircraft: Aeronca 11-AC, registration: N9261E
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot took off in a quartering tailwind with a passenger, who was interested in purchasing the airplane. After the airplane became airborne, the pilot determined the airplane would not clear a tree line, ahead. He made a 180 degree turn, did not round out, and landed hard on the runway. During the landing, the right main landing gear collapsed.

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

The pilot's improper planning/decision by failing to ensure that the airplane would be able to clear obstructions at the end of the runway, while taking off with a tailwind component; and his failure (or inability) to flare the airplane after turning back to land on the runway. The tailwind and high obstructions were related factors.

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