NTSB Identification: SEA98LA114.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 29, 1998 in CHICO HOT SPGS., MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/12/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 182P, registration: N1878M
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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Just before touchdown in gusty crosswind conditions, the aircraft flew past a hill that blocked most of the crosswind. At that point, the aircraft started drifting toward the left side of the runway, and the pilot was unable to get the aircraft back to the center of the runway prior to touchdown. Just after touchdown, the left main gear slipped off the left side of the runway into tall weeds. Soon thereafter, the aircraft exited the left side of the runway, and before the pilot could get it stopped, the aircraft impacted a fence.

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

The pilot's inadequate remedial action while attempting to compensate for a change in crosswind velocity. Factors include a crosswind, hills near the runway, and high vegetation (weeds) near the runway.

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