NTSB Identification: MIA91LA092.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43712.
Accident occurred Monday, March 04, 1991 in EVERGLADES CITY, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N84461
Injuries: 3 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 PLT OBTAINED A WX BRIEFING & WAS ADVISED THAT THE WIND AT A NEARBY ARPT WAS GUSTING TO 22 KTS FROM 300 DEGREES. HE OVERFLEW THE ARPT TO OBSERVE THE WINDSOCK WHICH INDICATED THAT THE WIND WAS LIGHT FROM THE NORTH. HE THEN ENTERED THE PATTERN TO LAND ON RWY 33 & WHILE ON SHORT FINAL, A GUST OF WIND RAISED THE LT WING. HE ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT THIS BUT THE ACFT DESCENDED & CRASHED ON THE RWY. ACCORDING TO A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WHO WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT, HE ESTIMATED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM THE WEST GUSTING TO 30 KTS. REVIEW OF THE ARPT LAYOUT REVEALED THAT TREES BLOCK THE WINDSOCK.

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

INFORMATION GIVEN DURING A WEATHER BRIEFING WAS DISREGARDED, IN-FLIGHT ENCOUNTER WITH WIND GUST, AND FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO EXECUTE A GO-AROUND. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS INADEQUATE PLACEMENT OF A WINDSOCK WHICH WAS BLOCKED BY TREES RESULTING IN AN INCORRECT INDICATION OF THE DIRECTION AND VELOCITY OF THE WIND.

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