NTSB Identification: CHI97LA079.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 06, 1997 in MONROE, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2000
Aircraft: Bellanca 17-30A, registration: N8782V
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 he prepared to land on runway 21. The winds were from 280 degrees at 18 mph gusting to 25 mph. To counter the right crosswind, he applied right aileron and left rudder. On short final to runway 21, the airplane was established on centerline at 90 to 95 mph. During the flare the pilot reduced power. When the airplane was about 3 to 5 feet above the runway, it 'slammed' down to the pavement. The airplane pitched over to the left and departed the runway to the left. It impacted the second row of VASI lights. The skid marks indicated that full brakes were used. The airplane continued to turn to the left and went into a ditch which paralleled the runway. The pilot reported that a large stand of trees about 600 feet from the runway to the west created a turbulent wind situation at the approach end of runway 21. The inspection of the airplane revealed no anomalies to the flight controls or engine.

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

the pilot failed to maintain directional control of the aircraft during landing. Factors included the inadequate compensation for the crosswind conditions, the crosswind, and gusts.

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