NTSB Identification: LAX97LA175.
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Accident occurred Saturday, May 03, 1997 in TRUCKEE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC-EC, registration: N1277E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The pilot encountered a wind gust during a landing on runway 28, and the airplane veered to the right. The pilot attempted a go-around. The airplane became airborne and struck a frangible runway sign. The pilot continued leveling the airplane to gain airspeed, and the airplane drifted further right. Subsequently, it struck rocks located 276 feet north of the runway right shoulder. The wind was reported to be calm at 0852 pdt, from 200 degrees at 7 gusting 17 knots at 0958, and from 190 degrees at 6 knots at 0900.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions, and his failure to maintain directional control during the landing and go-around. The gusty/crosswind condition and proximity of obstructions (runway sign and rocks) were related factors. Full narrative available
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