NTSB Identification: WPR10CA143
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 20, 2010 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/2010
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN AT-6C, registration: N76BZ
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 said that he was practicing his takeoffs and landings on runway 22L and the wind was from 160 at 10 knots. The airplane touched down and bounced, and then the pilot transitioned the airplane to a three-point landing. The pilot reported that the wind lifted up the left wing. He attempted to correct; however, the tailwheel was not yet on the ground. The airplane veered to the left and the right main landing gear collapsed. A witness reported the airplane bounced when it landed, and then it ground-looped, collapsing the right main landing gear.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind and failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during landing.

Full narrative available

Index for Feb2010 | Index of months