NTSB Identification: NYC89LA145.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39931.
Accident occurred Friday, June 02, 1989 in ERWINNA, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/29/1991
Aircraft: Boeing Stearman A75N1, registration: N60812
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 STEARMAN PT-17 HAD LANDED AND WAS SLOWING DOWN TO CLEAR THE RUNWAY WHEN A GUST OF WIND LIFTED THE RIGHT WING OFF THE GROUND. THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT ATTEMPTED TO GAIN CONTROL BY ADDING POWER AND LEFT BRAKE BUT THE AIRCRAFT WENT OFF THE RUNWAY TO THE LEFT AND DOWN AN INCLINE INTO TREES. THE STU PLT WAS NOT INJURED BUT THE UPPER WING TRAPPED THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT UNTIL HELP ARRIVED.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: LOSS CONTROL AND COLLISION WITH TREES DUE TO FAILURE OF THE STUDENT PILOT TO COMPENSATE FOR THE WIND AND LACK OF SUPERVISION BY THE CFI.
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