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N31273 accident description

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Crash location 40.766667°N, 119.207778°W
Nearest city Black Rock City, NV
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Tail number N31273
Accident date 05 Sep 2014
Aircraft type Bellanca 8KCAB
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported that after touchdown on a dirt airstrip he encountered a reduction in visibility due to what he believed to be dust kicked up due to a tailwind. The loss of visibility resulted in the airplane departing the runway and subsequently nosing over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and to the left wing tip. The pilot reported no preimpact 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. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's disorientation as a result of dust which reduced visibility.

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