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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146520
Last updated: 3 September 2019
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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:Flight School
Registration: N961MC
C/n / msn: 172S9617
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:N. Palm Beach County General Aviation Apt - F45, West Palm Beach, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Lantana, FL (KLNA)
Destination airport:Lantana, FL (KLNA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The flight instructor stated that he and the student pilot were practicing touch-and-go landings in crosswind conditions. The student pilot landed uneventfully on runway 31; however, during the takeoff roll, the airplane encountered a gust of wind and began to veer to the right. The flight instructor took control of the airplane; however, as it subsequently climbed to an altitude of about 10 feet above the ground, another wind gust caused the airplane to roll over. The airplane came to rest inverted on the adjacent taxiway resulting in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The flight instructor reported that were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane. The reported wind at the airport about the time of the accident was from 220 degrees at 19 knots with 29-knot gusts. The pilot operating handbook for this airplane indicates that operation in a direct crosswind of up to 15 knots has been demonstrated.
Probable Cause: The flight instructor’s failure to maintain airplane control during the takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions. Contributing to the accident was the flight instructor’s decision to conduct takeoffs and landings in conditions exceeding the airplane’s maximum demonstrated crosswind capability.



Revision history:

26-Jun-2012 23:36 gerard57 Added
27-Jun-2012 08:13 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jul-2012 21:19 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 20:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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