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N487J accident description

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Crash location 36.613333°N, 86.810278°W
Nearest city Springfield, TN
36.509212°N, 86.884998°W
8.3 miles away
Tail number N487J
Accident date 19 Aug 2007
Aircraft type Christen Industries PITTS S-2B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot of the Pitts S-2B, he made one pass over the runway prior to landing, to observe the wind sock at the airport. He noted a slight crosswind from the west, but he felt it was not very strong. The pilot performed a normal landing on runway 35, a 2,000-foot long turf runway, and during the initial roll-out, a gust of wind blew the airplane to the left. The pilot applied full right rudder to counteract the wind, but was unsuccessful. As the airplane approached the runway edge, the pilot applied full throttle to initiate a go-around. The airplane impacted a ditch off the left side of the runway prior to becoming airborne. The pilot reported no pre-impact anomalies with the airplane. The winds reported at an airport 30 miles to the south, at the time of the accident, were from 210 degrees at 8 knots, gusting to 17 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions during landing.

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