Gust leads to hard landing

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Cortez, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot made three prior attempts to land, but aborted each landing due to gusty crosswind conditions.

On the fourth attempt, the airplane “ballooned” and encountered a strong wind gust. The pilot was unable to maintain control and the airplane landed hard on the nosewheel.

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

NTSB Identification: CEN11CA392

This June 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.

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