NTSB Identification: ERA12CA393
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 11, 2012 in Delmar, DE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/26/2012
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN AT-6C, registration: N7055K
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.

According to the pilot, who was delivering the recently-sold vintage military trainer, he first landed the airplane at a paved airport near the new owner's farm. The new owner then asked the pilot to fly the airplane to a dirt airstrip on the farm. The pilot went to the airstrip with the new owner, determined that it was acceptable for landing, and later returned with the airplane. During the landing flare, the airplane floated due to, what the pilot later surmised, convective currents from the hot soil. The airplane subsequently touched down long and overran the end of the 1,380-foot airstrip. During the overrun, the airplane encountered a soft spot in the adjoining onion field and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder and vertical fin. The landing direction was to the north, while the nearest recorded airport weather indicated that the wind was from the east at 5 knots. There were no preexisting mechanical anomalies noted with the airplane.

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

The pilot's failure to go around after not attaining the proper touchdown point, which resulted in a runway excursion and noseover.

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