NTSB Identification: WPR12CA159
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 07, 2012 in Westport, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2012
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8E, registration: N1183K
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 reported that, because of the left 10- to 15-knot quartering headwind, on short final approach, he descended at an airspeed about 5 knots faster than normal. The airplane bounced upon touching down on the runway and began drifting toward the runway’s edge. Despite the pilot’s efforts to stop the drift, the airplane exited the side of the runway, rolled onto an adjacent grassy area and into a 1-foot-deep trough, and nosed over. The windshield broke, and the engine mounts, vertical stabilizer, and rudder were bent. The pilot reported that no mechanical malfunction or failure occurred with the airplane during the accident flight.

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

The pilot’s inadequate crosswind compensation, which resulted in a loss of directional control during the landing roll.

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