WPR12CA042
WPR12CA042

The pilot reported that he was practicing landings and had landed four times without incident. Then, during the fifth landing, the wind direction changed while he was landing on runway 7. The wind was initially southerly at 6 knots. But then it became southwesterly at 12 knots, with gusts to 17 knots. The pilot stated that as he turned off the runway he lost directional control of the airplane. He did not increase engine power or use the breaks to maintain control. The airplane ground looped, and a wing spar broke when the left wing impacted the runway surface.

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