NTSB Identification: ANC97LA119.
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Accident occurred Sunday, August 10, 1997 in ANCHORAGE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Taylorcraft TC-19, registration: N3560T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While performing practice landings, the pilot reported the airplane 'hit hard, I heard a loud snap, and did a go around.' A pilot in another airplane visually confirmed damage to the right main landing gear and tailwheel. The airplane was flown to its home base. A power-off landing was performed, the airplane ground looped and departed the right side of the runway, damaging the right wingtip and a runway light.

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

The pilot's excessive descent rate during a touch-and-go landing, which resulted in damage to the landing gear and inability to control the airplane during a subsequent landing. A factor was his lack of total experience in tailwheel-equipped airplanes.

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