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N3488C accident description

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Crash location 36.345277°N, 94.218889°W
Nearest city Bentonville, AR
36.372854°N, 94.208817°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N3488C
Accident date 13 May 2015
Aircraft type Cessna 170B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

During an instructional flight in crosswind conditions, the pilot receiving instruction initiated the takeoff roll and once the airplane became airborne, the nose immediately rotated into the wind. The flight instructor took the flight controls and attempted to maintain directional control with right rudder, but the airplane touched down on the runway and ground looped. During the ground loop the right wing impacted the runway causing substantial damage to the wing.

The flight instructor reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The reported winds about the time of the accident were from 110 degrees true at 12 knots, and the runway heading was 180 degrees magnetic.

NTSB Probable Cause

The flight instructor's failure to maintain directional control, which resulted in a ground loop on takeoff.

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