Hard landing for Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Factoryville, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, he approached runway 4 but performed a go-around due to gusty wind conditions.

The second approach was higher than usual so the pilot increased the rate of descent. The airplane came down hard and bounced and veered off the side of the runway.

The wind reported at an airport 15 miles south of the accident location, about the time of the accident, was from 330° at 10 knots, gusting to 16 knots.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate flare during the gusty crosswind landing, which resulted in a hard landing.

NTSB Identification: ERA11CA227

This April 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.


  1. Steve says

    With the reported wind, seems to be poor judgment on runway selection. If nothing better, then go to another airport …

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