NTSB Identification: IAD96LA069.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 27, 1996 in CULPEPER, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 172L, registration: N7546G
Injuries: 4 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 newly licensed private pilot stated that he flew over the uncontrolled airport and did not notice any appreciable wind. He then decided to land to the northeast on runway 4. The pilot stated that he landed on the center of the runway, but the airplane began to drift to the left. He knew the airplane was drifting to the left and wanted to apply right rudder but actually applied left rudder and possibly some brake by mistake. No weather was recorded at the airport, but a large commercial airport to the northeast reported winds from 300 magnetic at 14 knots at the time of the accident.

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

The pilot's improper compensation for the crosswind.

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