The CFI reported he had completed a one hour flight with his student and they landed uneventfully at the airport in Orlando, Florida. After landing, the Cessna 172 had a long taxi to return to the FBO.During the taxi, a thunderstorm moved into the area and the wind increased. The strong wind caused the airplane to weathervane violently in one direction.
The wind then lifted the airplane, flipped it over, and it came to rest inverted on the taxiway.
Examination of the 172 by an FAA inspector revealed damage to the fuselage, wings, rudder, and horizontal stabilizer.
The recorded wind at the time of the accident was from 120° at 10 knots, gusting to 31 knots.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the flight instructor’s failure to maintain control while taxiing in a strong gusty wind.
NTSB Identification: ERA14CA317
This June 2014 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.