NTSB Identification: FTW98LA137.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 01, 1998 in MARIETTA, OK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172K, registration: N84561
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.

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While on final approach to runway 35 at the McGehee Catfish Restaurant Airport, the aircraft encountered a north-westerly crosswind and the pilot performed a go-around. During a second approach to runway 35, an 'unpredictable crosswinds/windshear exceeded control capability of A/C,' and blew the aircraft to the right of the runway into the top of 30 foot trees. The pilot applied full power, the aircraft began to climb, and he turned into the wind. Subsequently, the aircraft struck a power line, and came to rest inverted about 100 yards south of the runway. The pilot reported that at the time of the accident, the wind was from 330 degrees at 18 knots gusting to 25.

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

The pilot's improper compensation for the wind conditions. A factor was the crosswind.

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