FTW95LA403
FTW95LA403

On September 24, 1995, at 1150 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 195, N4494C, was substantially damaged during landing roll at Moriarty Airport, Moriarty, New Mexico. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was being operated as a personal flight under Title 14 CFR Part 91. The airplane departed Estancia, New Mexico, at 1130. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed.

During an interview of the pilot, conducted by a FAA inspector, and in a written statement, the pilot reported that, the purpose of the flight was to practice approaches in his "newly acquired aircraft." He further reported that during the landing roll on runway 8, the aircraft veered right and he "applied all the left brake he had and full left rudder" in order to stop the turn. The turn continued and the aircraft exited the runway and ground looped. During the loss of control the aircraft sustained damage to the left wing and left main landing gear was separated from the fuselage. The wind was out of the south at 10 knots, gusting to 15.

During the examination of the aircraft by the FAA inspector, no anomalies could be found that accounted for the loss of directional control. The pilot also reported he had no mechanical difficulties with the aircraft.

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