NTSB Identification: DEN99LA097.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 06, 1999 in GLENWOOD SPRNGS, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/12/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N897SP
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 back seat pilot had recently purchased the airplane and was ferrying it home, accompanied by the pilot-in-command, who was seated in the front seat. When the airplane touched down, it veered off the right side of runway 14. Both pilots agreed that 'a gust of wind' caused the loss of control. Before control could be regained, the airplane collided with several parked vehicles, causing spar and rib damage to the right wing. Runway 32 was reported to be the active runway. Winds recorded at the nearest official weather reporting facility, located 26 miles northeast of the accident site, were from 240 degrees at 18 knots, with gusts to 22 knots.

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

The pilot-in-command's failure to maintain directional control. A related factor was the gusty quartering tailwind.

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