Runway excursion Accident Cessna 170B N4344B, Friday 8 January 2021
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Date:Friday 8 January 2021
Time:15:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 170B
Registration: N4344B
MSN: 26688
Year of manufacture:1955
Total airframe hrs:3173 hours
Engine model:Continental 0-300 SER
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Whitman County, Schoepflin Airport (WN26), Palouse, WA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Palouse, WA
Destination airport:Palouse, WA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight instructor of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during an instructional flight, the student pilot's landing flare was not sufficient to preclude a bounce. The student added power, and the airplane turned to the left toward hangars. The flight instructor took over the flight controls and continued the left turn to avoid hangars. The airplane departed the runway surface into a field. The wheels became stuck in the muddy ground and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The wings and vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's improper landing flare and loss of directional control and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action resulted in a runway excursion and nose over.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR21LA083
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

09-Jan-2021 07:00 Geno Added
11-Jan-2021 14:27 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Jan-2021 22:12 Geno Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Jul-2022 19:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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