NTSB Identification: FTW97LA038.
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Accident occurred Saturday, November 09, 1996 in WESTCLIFFE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/01/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-125, registration: N1334A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 said he entered a left downwind leg for runway 31. The windsock appeared 'limp, favoring down the runway from the northwest.' The airplane touched down on the runway centerline approximately 1,000 feet past the threshold and began drifting to the right. The pilot corrected with opposite rudder. The airplane drifted left and the left main wheel went off the runway edge. The pilot was attempting to return the airplane to the centerline, when the 'left main caught on pavement edge and the airplane came free, veering hard right.' The airplane then went off the right side of the runway about 1,200 to 1,500 feet past the threshold at a 40 degree angle. It went down an embankment into soft soil and nosed over.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain directional control during the landing.

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