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N774T accident description

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Crash location 47.353056°N, 101.027500°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Washburn, ND
47.449716°N, 98.038429°W
139.9 miles away
Tail number N774T
Accident date 19 Jun 2005
Aircraft type Cessna A188B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On June 19, 2005, about 1730 central daylight time, a Cessna A188B, N774T, piloted by a commercial pilot, sustained substantial damage on impact with terrain and crops during takeoff from runway 26 at the Washburn Municipal Airport (5C8), near Washburn, North Dakota. The pilot reported the tailwheel separated from the airplane during the takeoff. The flight was operating under 14 CFR Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot reported no injuries. The local aerial application flight was originating from 5C8 at the time of the accident.

The pilot's accident report stated:

[Took] off with cross wind 10-15 [knots]. Locking tail

wheel broke. Aircraft turned into wind. Ended up in

wheat field next to runway.

At 1652, the recorded weather at the Bismarck Municipal Airport, near Bismarck, North Dakota, was: Wind 010 degrees at 13 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition scattered 4,900 feet; temperature 31 degrees C; dew point 18 degrees C; altimeter 29.91 inches of mercury.

NTSB Probable Cause

The separation of the tailwheel assembly, the pilot's directional control of the airplane not possible during the takeoff, and the unsuitable terrain the pilot encountered.

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