NTSB Identification: MIA01LA124.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 17, 2001 in Destin, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: North American AT-6D, registration: N1364N
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The flight instructor stated that during the approach to land, just prior to touchdown with the main landing gear, he encountered wind gusts. He said as the tail of the aircraft began to settle, he encountered a gust from the right front quarter, and the aircraft weather vaned to the right. He said that he applied corrective control input but insufficient control authority was available to arrest the excursion, and the aircraft exited the runway to the right, into loose sand, resulting in substantial damage to the aircraft. He further stated that prior to the accident there had been no malfunction or failure to the aircraft, or any of its systems.

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

failure of the flight instructor to maintain directional control of the aircraft during the landing rollout while landing with a crosswind in gusty conditions, which resulted in a ground swerve, and the aircraft exiting the runway and incurring substantial damage when it became stuck in sand.

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