NTSB Identification: LAX91LA119.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44902.
Accident occurred Saturday, March 02, 1991 in RENO, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172G, registration: N4417L
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE 1432-HOUR COMMERCIAL PILOT LISTENED TO THE LOCAL ATIS BROADCAST WHICH REPORTED THAT THE SURFACE WIND WAS FROM 130 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS WITH GUSTS TO 25 KNOTS. THEREAFTER, THE PILOT ELECTED TO TAXI FOR TAKEOFF, AND HE PROCEEDED IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS TAXI CLEARANCE. ENROUTE TO THE ACTIVE RUNWAY THE PILOT STOPPED HIS AIRPLANE ON A 070 DEGREE HEADING TO ALLOW GROUND TRAFFIC TO PASS HIS POSITION. WHILE HOLDING, A GUST OF WIND UPSET HIS AIRPLANE TIPPING IT INTO ITS NOSE AND LEFT WING. TWO MINUTES LATER THE GROUND CONTROLLER NOTIFIED ANOTHER AIRPLANE THAT THE WIND WAS PRESENTLY FROM 150 DEGREES AT 40 KNOTS.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER PLANNING/PREPARATION DECISION. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE HIGH WIND CONDITION AND THE PILOT IN COMMANDS INABILITY TO COMPENSATE FOR THE WIND CONDITION.

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