Gusty wind leads to bad bounce

Aircraft: Allegro. Injuries: None. Location: Groveland, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in a gusting, quartering tailwind. The airplane bounced three times.

After the third bounce, he added power to perform a go-around. During the go-around, the wind blew the plane to the left of the runway, where it crashed in trees.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a go-around maneuver in gusty crosswind conditions.

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA254

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.

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