NTSB Identification: WPR13LA063
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, December 02, 2012 in Billings, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2013
Aircraft: AEROTEK PITTS S-1T, registration: N49309
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

After completing a personal flight, the pilot was returning to his home airport. He stated that on the first landing attempt, he was not able to maintain directional control of the airplane during the landing roll, and he aborted the landing. On the second landing attempt, he again was not able to maintain directional control and subsequently realized that there was not enough remaining runway for him to successfully abort the landing. The airplane departed the runway surface and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the weld that attached the tailwheel tube to the fuselage had separated. This would have allowed for the tailwheel assembly to freely move left and right without corresponding rudder input, and thus the pilot would not be able to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

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

The pilot’s inability to maintain directional control during the landing roll because of the failure of the tailwheel support bracket.

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