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N9YH accident description

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Crash location 35.167223°N, 107.901944°W
Nearest city Grants, NM
35.147260°N, 107.851447°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N9YH
Accident date 31 May 2014
Aircraft type Aviat Aircraft Inc Pitts S 2B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot was hired to reposition the airplane for the owner. According to the owner who spoke with the pilot, during the landing, the pilot encountered gusty winds which caused him to lose airplane control and impact terrain adjacent to the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing spar. The owner stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane owner completed the Pilot/Operator Accident Report (National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Form 6120.1), as the owner reported the pilot was uncooperative since the accident. The substantial damage to the airplane was reported to the NTSB on December 9, 2014, after a detailed inspection of the airplane damage was performed.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during landing in gusty wind conditions.

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