NTSB Identification: ATL04CA180.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 11, 2004 in Olive Branch, MS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Wood/Thorpe T-18, registration: N49RT
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 stated that on the accident landing, he landed the airplane on the runway centerline and the airplane suddenly veered to the left of the runway centerline, and then veered right "uncontrollably" and departed the runway surface, traveled down an embankment, the right wing collided with a tree, and the airplane came to rest in a ditch. Examination of the wreckage site revealed tire skid marks that began 1600 feet from the threshold of runway 36 and extended to the left side of the runway. At 2000 feet from the threshold, the tire marks departed the left side of the runway surface into the grass for approximately 20 feet before turning back toward the runway surface. Tire skid marks were observed from the grass, heading right (east) across the runway surface, and then departed the right side of runway 36 at 2200 feet from the threshold. The airplane came to rest in a ditch on a southerly heading abeam 2500 feet from the runway 36 threshold. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the right wing spar was bent, the left main gear was twisted aft, and the empennage was crushed. Both of the propeller blades were bent aft.

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 during landing.

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