The pilot was attempting to takeoff from a runway in Sunburst, Mont., in a Cessna 170B.
At the time of the accident he estimated that the wind was 38 knots and gusting to 42 knots.
He taxied onto the runway most aligned with the wind and began the takeoff roll. Just as the plane became airborne, a gust of wind lifted the right wing.
The pilot was not able to keep the left wing from hitting the ground and the plane ground looped, resulting in substantial damage.
The NTSB determined the probable causes to be the pilot’s failure to compensate for the strong, gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a loss of airplane control during takeoff.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA117
This February 2013 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.