Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Ozark, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot made two approaches to the north runway, but each attempt resulted in a go-around because he was unable to maintain runway alignment due to a strong crosswind.
He decided to make the next approach to the south. While on final approach, the airplane suddenly lost altitude, and came down hard short of the runway, then nosed over.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded the normal operation of the airplane.
A witness at the airport reported that the wind was out of the west at 16 knots. A review of nearby weather stations indicated that the wind was variable from the south-to-northwest between five and nine knots, gusting to 16 knots.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for gusty crosswind conditions while on approach.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA022
This October 2011 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.