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N3046E accident description

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Crash location 44.528334°N, 122.929723°W
Nearest city Lebanon, OR
44.536512°N, 122.907034°W
1.3 miles away
Tail number N3046E
Accident date 15 May 2017
Aircraft type Aeronca 7AC
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll in a crosswind, the airplane "started weathervaneing me[him] with some sideways sliding". He added that he decided to go-ground, but about two feet above the ground, "knowing I [he] couldn't climb fast enough to clear the top of the hangers on the east side of the runway, I [he] pulled power back". The airplane touched down again, exited the left side of the runway crossed a ditch, and came to rest on the taxi way.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The pilot reported the wind as wind as variable at 10-15 knots and wind gusts at 15 knots. The pilot landed on runway 34.

NTSB Probable Cause

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

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