NTSB Identification: LAX00LA007.
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Accident occurred Monday, October 11, 1999 in SALINAS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2001
Aircraft: Pitts S2B, registration: N50AL
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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Calm wind conditions prevailed as the pilot completed six touch-and-go landings. On the next landing the airplane bounced, and the pilot initiated a go-around as part of the recovery attempt. He said the airplane veered left off the runway heading and was going toward the control tower. He banked right to return to the runway centerline and the right wing tip drug the ground. The airplane then settled into the ground and the wing and propeller were damaged.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadequate compensation for the effects of torque and P-factor during a go-around from a bounced landing, which led to a loss of control and the inadvertent dragging of a wing. Full narrative available
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