This March 2008 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 182. Injuries: None. Location: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was attempting to land at the end of a cross-country flight, was on an instrument flight plan and had received radar vectors for the approach ILS runway 8. The pilot obtained the ATlS information prior to being cleared for the approach. The winds were reported as 130° at nine knots, but shortly afterward the ATIS was updated because of a significant weather change in the form of winds at 150° at nine knots gusting to 20. The pilot determined that 130° at nine knots was within the limits of the aircraft and his training. He elected to use 20° of flaps and an airspeed of 80 knots for the approach. Prior to touchdown, the pilot corrected for the crosswind by turning the ailerons into the wind and applying opposite rudder and holding the correction. When the right main wheel touched the runway, the aircraft suddenly lifted in the air. The pilot added full power to initiate a go-around. The plane drifted off the runway and the tail struck runway markers.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during recovery from a bounced landing.
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