Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: St. Paul, Minn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The tower controller informed the pilot that the wind was from 230°. The pilot had the option of landing on runway 27 or runway 14, and chose runway 14, which gave the airplane a quartering tailwind.
The pilot said the visual approach was stabilized as he approached the runway, however, the plane encountered a gust of wind during the landing flare and it landed hard on its nose.
Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed that the firewall was bent.
The pilot reported that there was no mechanical malfunction or failure of the airplane. Five minutes after the accident, the reported surface wind was 240° at 19 knots gusting to 26 knots.
Probable cause: The pilot’s decision to land on a runway with a gusting, quartering tailwind and his inadequate compensation for the wind, which resulted in a hard landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA113
This December 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.