Crosswind compromises Allegro

Aircraft: Allegro 2000. Injuries: None. Location: Stonington, Maine. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land at a coastal airport when the plane encountered a strong right crosswind.

It landed hard on the right main landing gear, which subsequently collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

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

NTSB Identification: ERA11CA517

This August 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. Vaughn S. Price says

    I am a broken phonograph record. It is not the pilots fault. It is his first Instructors fault for not teaching a varieties of landing skills. # 1 being full stall tree point landings, or full stall with upwind wing lowered to correct drift (side slip enough to counter cross wind.) #2 crab into wind until ready to land then rapidly realign with runway at touchdown. #3 touch down across runway turning down wind after touch down creating centrifugal force
    countering cross wind induced drift.

    • says

      Vaughn; Your comment on the technique is “Wright ON; however, having some experience (CFI) with LSA birds, regardless of the “skill level” of the CFI or student, the lighter weight and required “response time” to take corrective action, is lake a dog chasing its tail!

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