The pilot was attempting to land the Cirrus SR20 on the runway in Brunswick, Ga.
He reported that, during the approach to the runway, he listened to the automatic terminal information service, which noted that the wind was from 270° at 16 knots and gusting to 26 knots.
He chose to continue the approach and, during the landing flare, a gust of wind forced the plane left and down.
The left wing hit the ground, and the airplane went off the left side of the runway and into the grass.
The impact resulted in damage to the left wing, right flap, undercarriage, propeller, and firewall.
The NTSB determined the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in a strong, gusting crosswind.
NTSB Identification: ERA13CA150
This February 2013 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.