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N7884D accident description

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Crash location 45.949444°N, 93.074723°W
Nearest city Brook Park, MN
45.945510°N, 93.086045°W
0.6 miles away
Tail number N7884D
Accident date 03 Apr 2010
Aircraft type Piper PA-18-150
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that after a normal touchdown the airplane drifted toward the right side of the runway. He attempted to correct for the right drift with a left rudder input, but the wind suddenly changed direction and airplane veered to the left. He applied full brakes to stop the airplane from leaving the runway, but in the process the airplane nosed over. The vertical stabilizer, rudder, both wings, and cabin structure were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane. About 4 minutes before the accident, a local weather station reported that the prevailing wind was out of the southwest at 4 knots. About 16 minutes after the accident, the same weather station reported that the wind speed had increased to 8 knots, with 14 knot wind gusts.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing rollout in variable wind conditions.

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