The pilot reported that, while on short final to an airport near Fort Worth, Texas, the Zenith CH801 rolled about 30º to the left when it was about 50 feet above the ground.
He applied full right aileron and leveled the plane a couple feet above the ground, but the plane descended on to the runway, exited the runway to the left, and hit terrain.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both the wings and fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The automated weather observation station on an airport about 5 nm away reported that, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 050° at 16 knots. The pilot reported the wind was 050º at 10 knots, gusting up to 20 knots. The pilot landed on Runway 25.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain lateral control in flight and his subsequent loss of directional control during landing with a crosswind, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with terrain.
This pilot was confused or made a poor choice and landed with a significant tailwind! This can easily cause perceptual, airpeed and control issues on landing. Was habit of “usual runway” an issue here?
This April 2019 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.