NTSB Identification: WPR09CA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 10, 2008 in El Cajon, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/24/2008
Aircraft: CESSNA 305A, registration: N5263G
Injuries: 1 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 reported that he had been cleared to land on runway 27R, and the winds were reported as calm. The pilot stated that during the landing flare the airplane ballooned up, but he was able to keep the airplane pointed down the runway. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered left. The pilot attempted to correct the deviation, but the airplane ground looped before he could stop it. The damage to the airplane consisted of substantial damage to the right wing, and right elevator. Upon exiting the airplane, the pilot observed that the winds were from 045 degrees at 5 knots. The pilot opined that the quartering tail wind resulted in his loss of control. The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane at the time of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Full narrative available
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