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N9185Z accident description

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Crash location 42.510000°N, 123.388055°W
Nearest city Grants Pass, OR
42.439007°N, 123.328393°W
5.8 miles away
Tail number N9185Z
Accident date 10 Jul 2016
Aircraft type Helio H 295
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, he encountered a crosswind gust from the right. Subsequently, the airplane swerved off the runway to the right and ground looped. During the ground loop, the left wing and left horizontal stabilizer impacted the ground, which resulted in substantial damage.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported on the National Transportation Safety Board Accident/ Incident Report Form 6120.1, the wind direction was variable at 8 to 9 knots, with gusts at 2 to 5 knots. The destination airport was not equipped with an automated weather observation system.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and a ground loop.

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