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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Big Bear, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: GLINES KENNETH TAILWIND W 8, registration: N1983T
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot, during his approach at a non-towered airport at night, he made the descent to what he thought was the runway, but realized that it was actually the taxiway, and "slipped" right, to what he then perceived to be the runway. Upon touchdown, the airplane ground looped and nosed over. The pilot had landed and nosed over in the safety area to the left of the runway.

The pilot reported that he had been flying for the preceding 12 hour period, and conceded to having exceeded his personal endurance limitations. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with the airplane prior to or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's inadvertent landing off the left side of the snow-covered runway, resulting in a ground loop and nose over.