NTSB Identification: CEN12CA399
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 21, 2012 in Point Lookout, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/2012
Aircraft: EDSON ROBERT W PIETENPOL AIR CAMPER, registration: N53WE
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.
On the fourth landing of a test flight, the airplane made a hard, full-stall landing and began drifting to the right. The pilot applied left rudder pedal to arrest the drift, and the airplane ground looped 180 degrees to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to stop the left swing but to no avail. The right main landing gear went off the side of the runway and down a 2-foot dropoff. The right wing tip struck the ground, breaking the wing tip and front and rear wing spars. The airplane came to rest off the side of the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing, resulting in a ground-loop. Full narrative available
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