NTSB Identification: CEN09CA421
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 07, 2009 in Springfield, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2009
Aircraft: PITTS S-2A, registration: N18BT
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 pilot reported that he was landing the tail wheel equipped airplane when the accident happened. He stated that the airplane touched down on one main wheel first and the airplane shifted and rapidly turned right. He stated that the airplane's movement resulted in his passenger's body shifting to the left against the left rudder/brake pedal. The rear seat rudder pedals are located near the front seat occupant's hips. The pilot stated that he attempted to correct with left rudder, but was unable due to the obstruction of the rudder pedal by the front seat passenger's body. The airplane subsequently ground looped. The damage to the airplane included collapse of the main landing gear, damage to the left lower wing, and damage to the upper wing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inability to maintain directional control while landing due to the unintentional obstruction of the rudder by the passenger. Full narrative available
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