Cessna pilot loses control in crosswind

This April 2010 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: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: New Hudson, Mich. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a crosswind. He did not adequately compensate for the crosswind and during the rollout, the airplane went off the runway. The Cessna hit a runway light, which collapsed the nosewheel.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing rollout.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: CEN10CA190

 

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