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N697DM accident description

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Crash location 46.450000°N, 95.206389°W
Nearest city Wadena, MN
46.405240°N, 95.093360°W
6.2 miles away
Tail number N697DM
Accident date 17 Jun 2008
Aircraft type Piper PA-22-150
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 17, 2008, at 1030 central daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150, N697DM, ground looped while landing on runway 34 (4,005 feet by 75 feet, asphalt) at the Wadena Municipal Airport (ADC), Wadena, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to the left wing spar. The Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions and no flight plan was filed. The airplane departed from Amery, Wisconsin, at 0830.

The pilot reported the landing approach and touch down were normal until the airplane "... veered hard to the left on roll-out." He stated he applied full right rudder, but the airplane did not respond. He then applied "nominal" right brake pressure at which time the airplane ground looped to the right.

The pilot reported he just got re-qualified to fly a tail dragger. The pilot reported having 3 hours of total time in the make and model of airplane involved in the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the tail wheel airplane during the landing roll. A factor associated with the accident was the pilot's lack of recent experience in tail wheel airplanes.

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