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N56FD accident description

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Crash location 38.999166°N, 119.751944°W
Nearest city Minden, NV
38.954074°N, 119.765733°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N56FD
Accident date 11 Mar 2017
Aircraft type Davis Frank R Xenos Motorglider
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during touchdown the airplane "weathervaned to the left and full right rudder could not keep it on the runway". Subsequently, the main landing gear dug into the soft mud and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

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

The automated weather observation system located on the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 6 knots. The pilot landed on runway 34.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control in variable wind conditions.

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