NTSB Identification: MIA06CA099.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 28, 2006 in Merritt Island, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 8/29/2006
Aircraft: Howard Aircraft Corp. DGA-15P, registration: N95462
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

The pilot stated that he failed to lock the tailwheel for takeoff due to his discontinuation of the checklist to see if the baggage door was secured. The flight departed and proceeded to the destination airport where he landed on runway 29 due to the wind direction. During the landing roll the airplane veered to the right which he attempted to correct with left rudder and brake input but was unsuccessful. The airplane departed the right side of the runway causing substantial damage to the airplane. The pilot further stated he also failed to lock the tailwheel in anticipation of landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The failure of the pilot to comply with the before landing checklist for his failure to lock the tailwheel.

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