NTSB Identification: FTW98LA094.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 10, 1998 in LEADVILLE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Champion 7KCAB, registration: N5275X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was practicing full stop landings on runway 16. The wind was from 150 degrees at 5 knots. During the last landing rollout, the wind direction changed to a quartering tailwind. The aircraft veered to the right side of runway 16, struck a snowbank, and nosed over. The vertical fin, propeller, rudder, left wing, and engine mount were damaged.

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

The failure of the pilot to maintain directional control of the airplane. Factors were a sudden windshift from a headwind to a quartering tailwind, and the snowbank.

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