Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2004 Issue

May 14, 2004, Kingman, Ariz. / Cessna 180

At about 1130 mountain standard time, the single-engine taildragger ground looped and nosed over during the landing roll on a dry lakebed. The flight was instructional, with a CFI and “student” seeking a tailwheel endorsement aboard. During the final landing, as the tail was lowering from the wheel landing position, the “student applied right rudder” to avoid a small obstruction. The student then corrected with the left rudder, but “overcompensated.” The CFI attempted to assume the controls, but the student did not relinquish them. As the airplane slowed, its right wing lifted and the airplane went up onto its left main tire. The CFI said that he applied left aileron and left rudder; however...

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