Crosswind compromises Cirrus

Aircraft: Cirrus SR22. Injuries: None. Location: Winslow, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened during an attempt to land in gusting winds reported as 320° at 16 knots, gusting to 27 knots.

The pilot stated that the approach was stabilized, but upon landing, a gust of wind lifted the airplane back into the air. The airplane came down hard.

The pilot applied power and attempted to abort the landing but could not regain control. The airplane crashed after crossing the parallel taxiway.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing in gusty crosswind conditions.

NTSB Identification: WPR11CA178

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.


    • Lee Ensminger says

      Seems more likely he didn’t hold the controls correctly to ensure the airplane stayed on the ground on the rollout. Too many pilots forget to “fly” the plane until the wheels stop turning.

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