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NTSB Identification: GAA15CA244
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 01, 2015 in Truckee, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/08/2015
Aircraft: JOE SALOMONE SUPER CUB SQ2, registration: N786AB
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped, tandem cockpit airplane, who was sitting in the rear seat, reported that during the takeoff roll, the airplane veered off the left side of the runway and ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that he did not have any experience piloting a tailwheel equipped airplane from the rear seat and he could not see the instruments with the passenger seated in the front seat.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's loss of directional control during the takeoff roll, which resulted in a runway excursion, ground loop, and impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of experience from the back seat.