Why You Shouldn’t Land With A Tailwind
From the moment you start learning to fly, you’re taught to not land with a tailwind. But is it really that bad? Here are three landing accident reports from the NTSB that prove it is.
So when it comes to landing accidents, how much tailwind is too much? In each of these reports, the pilot faced less than 10 knots of tailwind.
ACCIDENT 1: RUNWAY OVERRUN WITH 5 KNOT TAILWIND
A Cirrus SR22 was landing on runway 22 with a 5 knot tailwind at KAVX. The airplane, which was near max gross weight, reportedly touched down within the first few hundred feet of the 3,000′ runway. However, the pilot wasn’t able to bring the aircraft to a stop, and it overran the runway, coming to rest on a 45 degree downslope past the departure end of the runway.