NTSB Identification: LAX04CA279.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 24, 2004 in Minden, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/2004
Aircraft: Aviat A-1B, registration: N268DM
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot misjudged the landing flare, made a hard, bounced wheel landing, lost directional control, and ground looped. Because runway 21 was closed, the pilot had elected to land on its parallel taxiway. During the landing sequence on the 1,500-foot-long taxiway, the pilot increased engine power in an unsuccessful effort at maintaining airplane control. The pilot was aware of the local crosswind condition, which presented up to a 30-degree right crosswind at 14 to 17 knots.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind conditions and failure to maintain directional control. The misjudged landing flare and the crosswind were factors.

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