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N185RW accident description

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Crash location 44.188889°N, 70.232778°W
Nearest city Turner, ME
44.266736°N, 70.245611°W
5.4 miles away
Tail number N185RW
Accident date 06 Jun 2006
Aircraft type Cessna A185E
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot elected to land with a tailwind, on a turf runway that was adjacent and perpendicular to a riverbank. With the Cessna 185 configured for landing, and just prior to touchdown, the airplane experienced an increase in descent rate due to "either an increase in the tailwind or a downdraft." The airplane struck the face of the runway below the landing surface, collapsing the right main landing gear, and resulting in substantial damage. The pilot did not report any mechanical deficiencies of the airplane, and when asked how the accident could have been prevented stated, "carried more airspeed to counter the effect of [the] possible increased tailwind."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to obtain the proper touchdown point, resulting in a runway undershoot, and substantial damage to the airplane.

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