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N237PM accident description

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Crash location 40.214167°N, 74.602778°W
Nearest city Robbinsville, NJ
40.214554°N, 74.619323°W
0.9 miles away
Tail number N237PM
Accident date 09 Mar 2017
Aircraft type Pedersen Bjarne Martin Sportsman GS-2
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered off the runway to the left. He added that he applied rudder inputs and full power to arrest the veer, but was unsuccessful. The airplane continued to veer off the runway and impacted a tree.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation located about 10 miles north west of the accident airport reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 280° at 14 knots, gusting to 21 knots. The airplane was landing runway 29.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusting wind conditions.

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