NTSB Identification: LAX83FVM07.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20234.
Accident occurred Sunday, January 16, 1983 in SAN JOSE, CA
Aircraft: PITTS S1S, registration: N15HR
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT MADE A ROLLING TAKEOFF AND APPARENTLY LOCKED THE TAILWHEEL WHILE TURNING. DURING LATER LANDING THE AIRCRAFT BECAME UNCONTROLLABLE AND GROUND-LOOPED OFF THE RUNWAY INTO MUD WHERE IT FLIPPED OVER. THE TAILWHEEL WAS LOCKED OUT OF DETENT AND WAS UNABLE TO TRACK IN A STRAIGHT LINE.

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

LANDING GEAR,TAILWHEEL ASSEMBLY..IMPROPER

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..UNCONTROLLED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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