NTSB Identification: CEN09CA474
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 24, 2009 in Dayton, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/09/2009
Aircraft: BEECH H-18, registration: N87711
Injuries: 4 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 airplane veered to the left and off the runway after the tailwheel touched down during landing. The pilot stated the tailwheel lock pin did not remain in the locked position. The right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing skin became wrinkled when it contacted the ground resulting in substantial damage. The pilot and three passengers were uninjured. Inspection of the tailwheel by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot's failure to lock the tailwheel during landing resulting in the loss of directional control.

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