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: Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Injuries: None. Location: Tucson, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: Upon arrival at the destination airport, the pilot listed to the automated weather and learned that the wind was from 280° at four knots. He elected to land on runway 19. This resulted in a 90° crosswind. He configured the plane in a slip to compensate for the crosswind. The airplane touched down and bounced slightly, then began to roll out. The airplane began to veer to the right. The pilot applied left rudder but the plane continued to veer to the right and went off the runway. It hit a culvert with a rock facing. The left main landing gear was sheared off and the airplane flipped on o its back.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the crosswind condition and failure to maintain directional control.
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