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N11241 accident description

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Crash location 44.094444°N, 121.200000°W
Nearest city Bend, OR
44.058173°N, 121.315310°W
6.2 miles away
Tail number N11241
Accident date 14 Sep 2009
Aircraft type Waco QCF-2
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

On September 14, 2009, at 0900 Pacific daylight time, a Waco QCF-2, N11241, ground looped after landing on runway 16 at the Bend Municipal Airport (BDN), Bend, Oregon. Woods Brothers Aviation, Inc., operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country flight. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane sustained structural damage to the lower left wing. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that originated from the Ken Jernstedt Airfield (4S2), Hood River, Oregon, about 0730. No flight plan had been filed.

The pilot was ferrying the airplane for the owners, and Bend was a planned fuel stop. The airplane’s ultimate destination was Prescott, Arizona.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector interviewed the pilot. The pilot stated that he had 1.5 hours in this make and model of airplane. The pilot reported that a gust of wind made the tail yaw to the left as the airplane settled on the runway. The pilot instinctively applied left rudder and toe brake to stop the yaw. However, the brake control for this airplane was unique in that it was a function of the throttle handle, not the rudder pedals. The airplane veered off the runway surface, and the left main landing gear collapsed. The left wing contacted the ground, and sustained spar damage.

There was no report of a mechanical failure or malfunction with the airplane at the time of the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of experience in the make and model airplane.

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