NTSB Identification: CHI94LA296.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 23, 1994 in ANOKA, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/24/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N75534
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING THUNDERSTORM ON RUNWAY 17. WITNESSES REPORTED LOW CEILINGS AND GUSTING WINDS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. A WEATHER REPORTING STATION 7 MILES AWAY REPORTED WINDS FROM 310 DEGREES AT 20 KNOTS GUSTING TO 32 KNOTS. THE PILOT REPORTED A STRONG RIGHT CROSSWIND FROM THE STORM PREVENTED HIM FROM LOWERING THE RIGHT WHEEL AND FORCED THE AIRPLANE OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT ATTEMPTED A GO AROUND, LOST CONTROL, IMPACTED A FENCE, AND NOSED OVER.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilots decision to attempt a landing ahead of the approaching thunderstorm, and his failure to maintain directional control. A factor was the gusting crosswind ahead of the storm.

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