Crosswind landing ends off the runway

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

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22.
Location: Ocracoke, N.C.
Injuries: None.
Aircraft damage: Minor.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a crosswind. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot applied right rudder and aileron, but it was not enough to regain directional control. The airplane went off the left side of the runway and into the brush.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper use of the aileron and rudder controls and inadequate compensation for the wind conditions during a crosswind landing resulting in a loss of directional control.

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