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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213098
Last updated: 7 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic WACF model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Waco YMF
Owner/operator:Executive Helicopters Inc
Registration: N96T
MSN: F5C-052
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Grand Strand Airport (KCRE), North Myrtle Beach, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand Airport, SC (CRE/KCRE)
Destination airport:Myrtle Beach-Grand Strand Airport, SC (CRE/KCRE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, after a three-point landing, the airplane began to "shudder" and veered left. He corrected by applying forward pressure to the control stick and right rudder, and the airplane's tailwheel raised off the runway, and the airplane regained the runway heading.  As the airspeed decreased, the tailwheel touched down on the runway, and the airplane shuddered and veered left again. He corrected with right rudder, left brake and aileron, but the airplane ground looped to the left, and the main landing gear collapsed. 
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. 
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot added that, about 1 hour before the accident, the wind was from 340º at 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The airport’s automated weather observation system reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 340° at 8 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 5.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing in a left quartering headwind. 


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of N96T courtesy

Camarillo (CMA)
; (c) Ed Coates / CAHS

Photo: FAA

Revision history:

09-Jul-2018 18:11 Geno Added
01-Oct-2019 18:09 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
01-Oct-2019 19:44 harro Updated [Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]

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