Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2005 Issue

October 9, 2004, Hearne, Texas / Bellanca 7ECA

At approximately 1100 Central time the tail-wheel equipped airplane was substantially damaged when it collided with a bale of hay at the Hearne (Texas) Municipal Airport. The Commercial pilot was not injured; the passenger sustained minor injuries. Instrument conditions prevailed; no flight plan had been filed. The pilot later reported that he made a 180-degree turn after landing on Runway 36 and was taxiing to the main ramp at a speed of approximately 30 knots with quartering eight-knot tailwind. When the ramp was approximately 500-600 feet ahead, the pilot decreased power, and the airplane began to veer to the left. The pilot applied right rudder and tapped the left brake, but the airplane...

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