This September 2009 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: Beech V35. Injuries: None. Location: Hailey, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The reported winds at the time of the accident were 190° at 10 knots gusting to 18 knots. The pilot reported that during the landing roll on runway 31, the airplane encountered a crosswind. He was unable to maintain directional control and the airplane went off the runway. The nosewheel subsequently collapsed and a post-crash fire erupted in the engine compartment.
The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane at the time of the accident.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a landing in crosswind conditions.
For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: WPR09CA444