Student pilot loses control in crosswind

This February 2007 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Posted as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 150.
Location: Palmetto, Ga.
Injuries: None.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was attempting to land. As he flared, an unanticipated crosswind pushed the airplane to the left.

The pilot did not initiate a go-around. The Cessna went into the brush off the side of the runway.

No mechanical problems were reported by the pilot or discovered during the post-accident examination of the airplane.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for a crosswind during the landing flare, which resulted in a loss of control.

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