FTW96LA173
FTW96LA173

On April 9, 1996, about 1145 central daylight time, an Aeronca 65-TAF, N36953, registered to and operated by a private owner as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 flight, was substantially damaged during landing at Northwest Regional Airport, Roanoke, Texas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the personal flight. The private pilot was not injured. The flight originated from Bridgeport, Texas, about 35 minutes prior to the accident.

The pilot reported to the FAA inspector and in the Pilot/Operator Report that while landing on runway 17, the aircraft touched down on all three landing gear and bounced. Subsequently, the aircraft landed and "ground looped" separating the left main landing gear. The aircraft departed the right side of the runway and the right wing struck a fence. As the aircraft "spun," the left wing struck a retaining wall, and the airplane then came to a stop up right, heading north. The right main landing gear had collapsed, and there was damage to both the left and right wing spars.

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