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N3446 accident description

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Crash location 42.553889°N, 71.759167°W
Nearest city Fitchburg, MA
42.583423°N, 71.802296°W
3.0 miles away
Tail number N3446
Accident date 25 Jun 2016
Aircraft type Benjamin Harold E RV-4
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he made a normal three-point landing, shortly after touchdown the airplane veered to the left, then veered to the right. The pilot further reported that he applied power in an attempt to regain control, however the airplane veered back to the left and he reduced power as the airplane departed the runway. The airplane ground looped and the right wing impacted terrain causing substantial damage to the right aileron.

The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control upon landing, which resulted in a runway excursion followed by impact with terrain.

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