NTSB Identification: NYC91LA131.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44848.
Accident occurred Sunday, May 12, 1991 in NEW HANOVER, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 185C, registration: N26792
Injuries: 6 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.

DURING THE TAKEOFF ON RUNWAY 31, THE PILOT DID NOT MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL, BECAUSE OF THE CROSS WIND FROM THE LEFT. THE AIRPLANE EXITED THE GRASS RUNWAY AND STRUCK A DITCH. THE PILOT HAD 12.6 HOURS TOTAL FLIGHT TIME IN THE CESSNA 185C. THE WIND WAS REPORTED TO BE FROM 200 TO 220 DEGREES AT 12 KNOTS.

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

THE LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL BY THE PILOT DURING A CROSSWIND TAKEOFF AND SUBSEQUENT COLLISION WITH ROUGH TERRAIN. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN THIS MAKE AND MODEL AIRPLANE.

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