NTSB Identification: LAX96LA157.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 06, 1996 in SEDONA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/31/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N62038
Injuries: 3 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 said that he encountered a dust devil when he flared the airplane for landing. He applied power, but the left wing and nose dropped and contacted the runway. A ground witness said that the airplane's left wing dropped when the pilot flared the airplane, but he did not report any dust devil activity in the area. He said that the surface winds were less than 5 knots. The AWOS reported the surface winds at 6 knots, gusting to 15 knots.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot misjudged the flare. Full narrative available
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