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NTSB Identification: WPR15LA186
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Washtucna, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/08/2015
Aircraft: ROCKWELL INTERNATIONAL S 2R, registration: N8420V
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during the landing, the wind shifted to a quartering tailwind. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control, and the airplane veered left off the airstrip into an adjacent field. The airplane subsequently nosed over in the soft soil. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's failure to maintain directional control while landing with a quartering tailwind.