NTSB Identification: LAX05LA154.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 01, 2005 in Santa Barbara, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/2006
Aircraft: Kittleson Quickie Q-200, registration: N200AL
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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On the landing rollout, the airplane veered off the runway into the grass median and the airplane came up on its nose; when the airplane fell back onto its landing gear, the tail cone was damaged forward of the vertical stabilizer attachment. The pilot said he made a steeper than normal approach in an almost direct 12-knot crosswind that resulted in a higher ground speed during the landing and landing rollout than he was accustomed to. The pilot attributed his uncoordinated approach and landing to unfamiliarity with the airport, landing with a more aft center of gravity, accepting a landing clearance that resulted in a crosswind landing, and a loose tail wheel.

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

the pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind condition and failure to maintain directional control.

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