NTSB Identification: CHI96LA143.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 25, 1996 in TERRE HAUTE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N18HZ
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that while taxiing on runway 31, he turned the yoke 45 degrees to the right and forward since the winds were from 100 degrees off the nose to the left. After taxiing about 50 yards, the airplane started to roll forward and the tail began to lift. The tail continued to rise and the propeller struck the pavement. Within seconds, the airplane nosed over on its back. A Cessna taxiing diagram indicated that the proper procedure for taxiing with a left quartering tailwind was with down aileron on the left wing and down elevator. Neither the Pilot's Operating Handbook nor the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Training Handbook discussed the technique of turning the yoke only 45 degrees. Both publications indicated that the respective aileron should be moved either up or down. The wind was reported to be from 210 degrees at 30, gusting 40 knots.

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

the pilot's improper planning/decision, which resulted in his inadequate compensation (or inability to compensate) for the wind condition. The high/gusty wind condition was a related factor.

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