NTSB Identification: ERA10CA067
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, November 16, 2009 in Newburgh, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2010
Aircraft: Robert Wood Thorp T18, registration: N335BW
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 stated that he was conducting his second stop-and-go landing when the airplane touched down with a "very slight bounce." After the airplane settled back onto the runway, it began "pulling" to the left. The pilot stated that he applied right rudder, but the airplane's response was "slow," and the airplane departed the runway into the "wet and muddy" grass. As the airplane decelerated, it nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer. The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures; nor were any discovered when a Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the airplane following the accident. The weather reporting facility at the accident airport reported winds from 020 degrees at 6 knots about 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 rollout.

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