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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA417
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 30, 2018 in Shelter Island, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/18/2019
Aircraft: Travel Air 2000, registration: N8870
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.

The pilot reported that, after landing, while making a 180° left turn at the end of the runway, the right wing struck a tree branch.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right aileron.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 clearance from a tree during taxi.