Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Waynesburg, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot checked the wind conditions prior to landing and calculated the maximum crosswind component to be 15 knots, which included wind gusts. On final approach he was able to maintain runway alignment, but after touchdown, the airplane veered to the right and went off the runway, then nosed over in the grass.
The pilot stated that he may have relaxed his diligence on keeping the ailerons into the wind during the landing roll.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and nose over.
This March 2011 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.