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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133751
Last updated: 4 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172M
Owner/operator:Desert Coast Aviation, Inc.
Registration: N73405
C/n / msn: 17267434
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Scottsdale, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:E60
Destination airport:SDL
Investigating agency: NTSB
On April 11, 1998, at 1419 hours mountain standard time, a Cessna 172M, N73405, was destroyed during a landing attempt when it impacted a construction trailer located approximately 200 yards west of runway 21 at Scottsdale Airport, Scottsdale, Arizona. There were minor injuries to the pilot and two passengers. The aircraft is owned by Desert Coast Aviation, Inc., of Scottsdale, and was operated by the licensed private pilot. The flight departed from Eloy, Arizona, on a visual flight to Scottsdale. No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed.

The pilot reported that, after initial touchdown, the airplane bounced back into the air and a strong gust of wind pushed it sideways. He then attempted to go-around but a second gust pushed the airplane toward a steel tower. The pilot then banked the airplane to the right to miss the tower and flew into an unoccupied construction trailer.

At the time of the accident, the surface wind was variable around 140 degrees magnetic at 15 knots with gusts to 20 knots. Using the gust factor of 20 knots and a wind direction of 140 degrees, the crosswind component for runway 21 at the time of the accident was calculated to be 19 knots. According to Cessna Flight Test Engineering, the maximum crosswind component for the 172 model is 15 knots.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's failure to maintain directional control and his inadequate compensation for the wind condition. A contributing factor was the crosswind.


NTSB id 20001211X09888

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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