This April 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: Piper Cherokee. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Altura, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The private pilot was on the final leg of a cross-country flight. The winds were from 240° at 20 knots with gusts to 32. While landing, the pilot struck a “few” landing lights, then initiated a go-around. According to the pilot, when he applied engine power the airplane rolled to the left and the left wing struck the ground.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the gusty crosswind conditions.
For more information: NTSB.gov