Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2004 Issue

October 02, Clayton, Ga. / North American Texan

At 1530 eastern time, a North American T6G received minor damage while departing the runway following a loss of control on landing at a private airstrip. The pilot, Chuck Yeager, and passenger were not injured. The pilot attempted to land with a slight tail wind on runway 23, which is 5,000 feet long and 50 feet wide. After the tailwheel made contact with the runway, the airplane veered off the centerline, first to the south, then to the north, and finally again to the south. The airplane ran off the runway and into a 15-foot deep ditch about 2000 feet from the approach end of the runway....

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