NTSB Identification: WPR09CA289
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 12, 2009 in Nampa, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N5504E
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 commercial pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings in the tail wheel equipped airplane. He reported that the wind direction changed to a quartering tailwind after the airplane touched down. The pilot stated that he then lost directional control of the airplane and did not believe he had sufficient engine power to recover. During the accident sequence the left main landing gear failed and the airplane ground looped, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing and horizontal stabilizer. The pilot stated that the airplane and engine had no mechanical failures or malfunctions prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind conditions and failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

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