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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143881
Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP
Owner/operator:Century Flight Academy
Registration: N506SP
C/n / msn: 172S8363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Essex County Airport - KCDW, Caldwell, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Reading, PA (RDG)
Destination airport:Caldwell, NJ (CDW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot was returning to his home airport following a solo cross-country flight. He obtained the airport's automated weather advisory and learned that the wind was reported to be variable at 6 knots. He subsequently entered the airport traffic pattern and attempted to land the airplane. The pilot was having difficulty with the wind gusts and became uncomfortable as the airplane touched down on the runway, so he aborted the landing. During the second landing attempt, the pilot crabbed the airplane until just before touchdown. Immediately after touchdown, a gust of wind from the right blew the airplane to the left. The pilot "lost control," and the airplane departed the left side of the runway, crossed a grassy area and a taxiway, and struck a taxiway sign. During the collision, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the left horizontal stabilizer was substantially damaged. The weather conditions reported about 40 minutes after the accident included a 20-degree right quartering headwind at 8 knots. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The student pilotís loss of directional control during a crosswind landing.



Revision history:

21-Feb-2012 20:01 Geno Added
21-Feb-2012 23:55 Alpine Flight Updated [Aircraft type]
26-May-2012 20:08 Geno Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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