NTSB Identification: SEA02LA038.
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Accident occurred Sunday, February 10, 2002 in Creswell, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/25/2003
Aircraft: Boeing Stearman A75N1, registration: N62658
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The pilot of the tail wheel equipped Boeing Stearman A75N1 landed on the 3,100 foot long runway (RWY 33) at the Creswell airport. During the landing roll the aircraft began to veer left and the pilot over corrected with right rudder. The aircraft veered right off the right side of the runway impacting a culvert perpendicular to the runway and then nosed over. The pilot reported variable light winds which changed to a quartering tailwind upon touchdown. He also reported 978 hours of total flight experience and 12 hours in the A75N1. Winds approximately 30 minutes before and after the accident at Eugene, Oregon, 15 nautical miles northwest, were from the south to southwest at nine to twelve knots. The culvert began approximately 81 feet east of the runway centerline or about 21 feet outside of the lateral standard dimensions for a runway safety area established for a Design Group I (small airplane) airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control on landing resulting in the aircraft leaving the runway environment, crossing a ditch and nosing over. Contributing factors were variable winds reported by the pilot and the ditch. Full narrative available
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