NTSB Identification: CHI94LA055.
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Accident occurred Monday, December 20, 1993 in GRAND ISLAND, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1994
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N581JB
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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THE AIRPLANE WAS BEING TAXIED FOR TAKEOFF WHEN A GUST OF WIND CAUGHT THE TAIL OF THE AIRPLANE AND CAUSED IT TO WEATHER VANE. WHEN THE AIRPLANE WEATHER VANED INTO THE WIND, THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED DUE TO SIDE LOADS.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane. A factor related to the accident was the gusty quartering tailwind condition.

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