NTSB Identification: SEA97LA122.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 27, 1997 in BOUNTIFUL, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1998
Aircraft: Noe SA-300, registration: N1923S
Injuries: 1 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 was on his first solo flight after receiving his tailwheel/conventional endorsement earlier on the same day. During the landing roll, he allowed his experimental biplane to move toward the right side of the runway, where its right main gear encountered standing water. The aircraft was pulled further to the right by the resistance of the right main tire passing through the water, and the aircraft ultimately exited the right side of the runway. After departing the runway, the aircraft entered an area of soft terrain, resulting in a nose-over.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane. Related factors include: an area of standing water on a portion of the runway, and soft terrain just off the edge of the runway.

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