NTSB Identification: CHI05CA187.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 16, 2005 in Bagley, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: McDaniels Kitfox Classic IV, registration: N6261M
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 tailwheel airplane veered off the runway during landing, became airborne again and subsequently stalled and impacted the terrain. The purpose of the flight was for the pilot/owner to receive a flight review and dual instruction in his recently purchased airplane. The pilot stated that after touchdown on runway 14 the airplane "started to weathervane to the left." He reported that he used engine power and right rudder in an attempt to realign the airplane with the runway, but the airplane "veered quickly to the right and became airborne." He stated that when he initiated a "shallow turn" to avoid some trees off the right side of the runway the airplane "stalled and impacted the ground." The prevailing surface wind was from the east-southeast around 10 knots, with no gusts reported. The pilot reported that during the previous landing there was "some crosswind from the left" but it was "controllable."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadvertent lift-off and failure to maintain adequate airspeed while recovering from a loss of directional control during landing. Contributing factors to the accident were the pilot's inadequate wind compensation and failure to maintain aircraft directional control during landing. An additional factor was the flight instructor's inadequate remedial action during the landing.
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