Cross-wind crimps Cessna

This May 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: Jekyll Island, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot landed with a five knot crosswind. During the roll-out, he noticed a shimmy in the nose-wheel and pulled back on the yoke in an effort to raise the nose to offload the strut.

The airplane became airborne and bounced twice down the runway. The nose gear strut collapsed, resulting in a prop strike and substantial damage to the firewall.

Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of control while landing with a crosswind.

For more information: NTSB Identification: ERA10CA282


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