Thursday, January 21, 2016

Aviat A-1C-180 Husky, N73GT, Thomas Air LLC: Accident occurred January 18, 2016 in Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA103 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 18, 2016 in Breckenridge, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C, registration: N73GT
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 he was practicing touch-and-go-landings. When the airplane touched down on the runway, the airplane veered to the right, he applied left rudder, but had applied too much and the airplane veered to the left. The pilot reported that he applied right rudder but had once again used too much and the airplane ground-looped to the right, and departed the runway surface. The left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing impacted the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine 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 directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a ground-loop.

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