NTSB Identification: IAD05LA049.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 19, 2005 in Northampton, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Taylorcraft F19, registration: N3679T
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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During the landing roll, while the pilot/owner was turning the airplane to exit the runway, it departed the runway and impacted a snow bank. Both pilots onboard reported that the tailwheel springs had become disconnected. According to the pilot/owner, the springs had also become disconnected during a previous flight, and the airplane departed the runway. A flight instructor, who had flown with the pilot/owner during that flight, stated that he advised the pilot/owner that he would not fly the airplane again until the pilot/owner had addressed the problem with the tailwheel springs.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot/owner's improper decision to conduct the flight with a known deficiency in equipment, which resulted in a loss of control when the tailwheel springs became disconnected. Factors were the disconnection of the tailwheel springs, the snow bank, and operataion with known deficiencies in equipment. Full narrative available
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