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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198811
Last updated: 23 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic WACF model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Waco YPF-7
Owner/operator:Memorial Aviation Inc
Registration: N32077
MSN: 5709
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Houston, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Houston, TX (AXH)
Destination airport:Houston, TX (AXH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that he locked the tailwheel on his single-engine airplane prior to departure. After takeoff, he stayed in the traffic pattern and landed. However, during the landing rollout the airplane ground-looped and the airplane's lower right wing contacted the ground, breaking the wood spar. The pilot stated that postaccident examination of the airplane indicated that either hardened grease and dirt buildup may have prevented the tailwheel locking mechanism from fully engaging or that the mechanism may have been inadvertently bumped in flight.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain control during landing due to the failure of the tailwheel locking mechanism to remain engaged prior to landing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 15:10 ASN Update Bot Added

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