NTSB Identification: IAD05LA042.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 05, 2005 in Andover, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/28/2006
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65, registration: N87955
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The certificated pilot (receiving tailwheel instruction) executed a landing to runway 03, and after the airplane touched down, it drifted left. The flight instructor joined him on the controls, and added power and right rudder; however, the left main landing gear struck a 2 1/2-foot snow bank. The airplane swung to the left, the right main landing gear then struck a snow bank, and the airplane nosed over. Winds were 10 degrees from the right, at 6 knots.

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

The pilot receiving instruction's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Factors in the accident were the flight instructors delayed remedial action, and crosswind.

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