NTSB Identification: DEN03LA058.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 15, 2003 in Englewood, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/2003
Aircraft: Aviat A-1B, registration: N60HY
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot made a crosswind landing on runway 35L and "encountered a gusty wind" on landing roll. He lost directional control of the airplane and it ground looped to the left. The right wing spar and right aileron were bent. In addition, the right main landing gear collapsed and the fuselage was buckled. The wind was 040 degrees at 7 knots, variable between 010 degrees and 070 degrees.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane, resulting in an inadvertent ground loop. A contributing factor was the gusty winds.

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