NTSB Identification: CEN09CA585
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 11, 2009 in Dalhart, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N2929N
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 elected to land the tailwheel airplane on runway 17. During the landing rollout the airplane became airborne, swerved right, and again contacted the runway. The left main landing gear separated from the fuselage and subsequently the left wing impacted the ground. The airplane came to rest on its left side and the pilot and passenger were able to exit unassisted. Around the time of the accident, the automated weather observing system at the accident airport reported the winds to be varying from 050 to 090 degrees at 13 gusting to 17 knots. A review of airport information revealed that runway 03 was available for use at the time. There were no reported mechanical malfunctions with the airplane's flight controls.

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

The pilot’s decision to land with a tailwind resulting in a loss of directional control.

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