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N81686 accident description

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Crash location 38.347777°N, 93.345277°W
Nearest city Warsaw, MO
38.243081°N, 93.381871°W
7.5 miles away
Tail number N81686
Accident date 23 Jul 2015
Aircraft type Aeronca 7BCM
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that his 3-point touchdown in the tailwheel equipped airplane was normal, but during the ground roll the airplane started to veer to the right. He attempted to correct with the left rudder, but the airplane departed the runway to the right and impacted a ditch. The pilot reported that his pant leg may have gotten caught on the right heel brake. The fuselage and firewall sustained substantial damage.

The pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and a collision with terrain.

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