May 1, 2011, Livermore, Calif., Vans Aircraft RV-8 Experimental


At about 1630 Pacific time, the tailwheel-equipped airplane sustained substantial damage during the landing roll. The solo private pilot was not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

The pilot performed a straight-in approach and wheel landing. As the airplane slowed and the tail dropped, the pilot applied full aft elevator. As he approached the desired taxiway, he applied brakes; a wind gust caught the right wing, tipping the airplane onto its left wing. The airplane then hopped two times on its left main landing gear.

Post-accident examination revealed the left landing gear mounting box and the adjacent fuselage structure was bent. Additionally, the left wing sustained buckling damage to its leading edge adjacent to the forward fuselage mounting point and landing gear box.


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