NTSB Identification: FTW98LA003.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 02, 1997 in GRAND JUNCTION, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 172A, registration: N7692T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While holding in position for takeoff, the aircraft was struck by a wind gust which caused it to nose over. Nearly all upper surfaces on the aircraft sustained buckling and wrinkling damage as a result. Recorded wind at the time was from 240 degrees magnetic heading at 39 knots with gusts to 43 knots and a rain cell was passing approximately 4 miles south of the airport. There are no published aircraft operating restrictions regarding crosswind operations for this year and model aircraft. The manufacturer does provide suggested techniques for taxi and takeoff in high wind and cross wind conditions. The aircraft heading was 290 degrees at the time of the occurrence.

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

Encounter with high gusting winds while standing with the engine running

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