Aircraft: Cessna 180. Injuries: None. Location: Helena, Mont. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a training flight. During the first part of the flight, the pilot receiving instruction made four takeoffs and landings on a runway that was almost directly aligned with the oncoming wind.
The CFI then took over and diverted to another runway to demonstrate a landing with a 90° crosswind of about 10 to 12 knots. The CFI made a successful touchdown on the main landing gear wheels, but as the airplane slowed and he began to lower the tail, the upwind wing was lifted by a gust of wind. The airplane went off the right side of the runway.
Probable cause: The CFI’s loss of airplane control during the landing roll in a gusting crosswind.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA109