This May 2007 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.
Aircraft: Cessna 150.
Location: Sonoma, Calif.
Injuries: 1 Minor.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot landed on runway 26 when the winds were from 360° at 19 knots and gusting to 28 knots. The crosswind pushed the airplane to the left at touchdown. The pilot was not able to maintain directional control and the Cessna went off the runway and into ditch.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the crosswind conditions and failure to maintain directional control while landing.
For more information: NTSB.gov/ntsb/brief2.asp?ev_id=20071029X01684&ntsbno=LAX07CA284&akey=1.