NTSB Identification: ANC14CA026
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 02, 2014 in Soldotna, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N3469C
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.

The student pilot was practicing solo takeoff and landings in a tailwheel-equipped airplane on a dry, hard surfaced runway. At the beginning of the flight, the winds were light and variable, but during the last landing, the wind had shifted to a slight tailwind. During the landing, the pilot lost control of the airplane, and ground looped, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot's failure to recognize a wind shift, resulting in a tailwind landing, loss of control, and ground loop.

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