NTSB Identification: MIA96LA091.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 03, 1996 in MERRITT ISLAND, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22/20-150, registration: N3311B
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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The pilot was landing on runway 29 with a wind that was reported to be from 020 degrees at about 16-19 knots. After passing a clearing in trees on the right side of the runway, he lost directional control of the airplane. The airplane went off the runway, into a ditch, and nosed over.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for crosswind conditions during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of directional control and an inadvertent ground swerve. The crosswind was a related factor.

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