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N185FF accident description

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Crash location 34.426945°N, 103.079445°W
Nearest city Clovis, NM
34.404799°N, 103.205227°W
7.3 miles away
Tail number N185FF
Accident date 31 May 2017
Aircraft type Cessna A185
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that while landing in gusting crosswind conditions, as the tailwheel contacted the runway, the airplane "violently yawed" to the left. He added that he immediately applied full left aileron and full right rudder control inputs, however, the airplane ground looped to the left and the right wing contacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right horizontal stabilizer, and elevator.

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

The automated weather observation system on the airport reported, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 150° at 11 knots, gusting to 14 knots. The pilot landed on runway 22.

NTSB Probable Cause

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

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