The pilot of the Cessna 175 reported that upon arrival at his destination in Albuquerque, N.M., he realized there were dust devils in the vicinity, but didn’t think they would be a factor during the approach and landing.
He made the landing and was taxiing slowly on a taxiway when he saw a dust devil about 300 feet ahead and to the left of the airplane.
He brought the airplane to a full stop but the dust devil lifted the Cessna 3 feet into the air, then dropped it. The airplane hit right wing first, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot was not injured.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s inability to maintain control during taxi due to an inadvertent encounter with a dust devil.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA234
This April 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.