Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2011 Issue

November 10, 2010, Merritt Island, Fla., Aeronca 7AC

The pilot was practicing landings. After the last “smooth” landing, the airplane veered right. The pilot corrected with left rudder and the airplane initially corrected left; however, it then veered “sharply” right against the application of full left brake and rudder. The airplane departed the right side of the runway and came to rest upright in a creek. During the runway excursion, the left wingtip struck the water and ground. The airline transport pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

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