NTSB Identification: CHI97LA141.
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Accident occurred Friday, May 16, 1997 in MADISON, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1999
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N738LM
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was landing on runway 18 when the accident occurred. He reported that when he checked the ATIS prior to landing the winds were being reported as 200 degrees at 14 knots. The airplane bounced during the landing and the pilot added power to recover. The airplane was blown to the left of the runway where it touched down again. The airplane continued to travel to the left. It went off the side of the runway and traveled through the grass eventually contacting the VASI lights. A local observation taken 20 minutes after the accident reported winds from 200 degrees at 13 knots, gusting to 18 knots.

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

the pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions which resulted in a loss of directional control of the airplane. Factors associated with the accident were the gusty, crosswind conditions and the VASI lights.

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