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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 03, 2019 in Prescott, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/2019
Aircraft: ZLIN Savage, registration: N808JD
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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while practicing stop-and-go landings, the airplane touched down and immediately veered right. The pilot attempted to correct with opposite rudder; however, the airplane ground looped to the right and exited the right side of the runway. During the ground-loop, the left wing struck the ground. The airplane subsequently nosed over and came to rest inverted.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut and wing.
The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
At the time of the accident, the pilot was landing the airplane on runway 21R with wind from 070° at 4 knots.

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