CHI98LA111
CHI98LA111

On March 21, 1998, at 1200 eastern standard time, a Luscombe 8E, N2648K, operated by a private pilot collided with soft terrain following a loss of directional control while landing on runway 18 (5,500'x100') at the Clark County Airport, Jeffersonville, Indiana. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The flight originated from a private airstrip approximately 5 miles from the Clark County Airport.

The pilot reported that after touching down the airplane was "overpowered by a wind gust." He reported that he applied power to compensate for the wind, but the "motor stalled." The pilot reported the engine had not warmed up sufficiently to "recover quickly." The airplane ground looped and traveled off the right side of the runway into a soft grass area.

The pilot reported the local winds were from 225 degrees at 10 knots with gusts to 20 knots. The winds reported at Sellersburg, Indiana, 17 miles south of the accident site were from 300 degrees at 12 knots.

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