Aircraft: Bellanca Super Viking. Injuries: None. Location: Branson, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. At the time the wind was from the south at 8 to 10 knots with gusts to 20 knots.
As he approached for landing on runway 12, he crabbed the airplane into the wind and slipped it to touch down on the centerline.
Upon touchdown, the airplane veered to the left. He applied right rudder, but it was not sufficient to keep the airplane on the runway. The left main gear went off the side of the runway, hitting a rise in the terrain, which caused the airplane to bounce back into the air, then come down hard enough to collapse the landing gear.
Substantial damage resulted to the left wing spar. A skid mark, which veered sharply to the left side of the runway, was visible.
Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain directional control of the airplane while landing with a gusting crosswind.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA193
This March 2012 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.