NTSB Identification: ANC12CA045
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 02, 2012 in Ketchikan, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 150G, registration: N3235J
Injuries: 2 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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he departed from runway 29, a dry, paved runway, with a slight left quartering tailwind. As the airplane accelerated, it veered to the left with full right rudder applied. The airplane turned right, and the left main gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot said that the accident might have been avoided if he had used a different runway.

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

The pilot’s decision to take off with a quartering tailwind, which resulted in a loss of control.

Full narrative available

Index for Jun2012 | Index of months