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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA209
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 09, 2018 in South Lake Tahoe, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2018
Aircraft: CESSNA ECTOR 305A, registration: N1832
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.

According to the flight instructor in the tailwheel-equipped airplane, the pilot receiving instruction was on the flight controls during the landing roll. Near the end of the roll, the tail began to swerve, and the airplane ground looped to the right. The airplane exited the right side of the runway, and the left wing struck the ground.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing spar and aileron.
The pilots reported that there were no 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 receiving instruction’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.