NTSB Identification: DEN92LA002.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44772.
Accident occurred Thursday, October 03, 1991 in ERIE, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N80650
Injuries: 1 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.
WINDS WERE REPORTED BY UNICOM AS LIGHT AND VARIABLE OUT OF THE EAST. OFFICIAL WINDS WERE 090 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS, REPORTED AT AN AIRPORT 8 MILES AWAY. THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN AND VEERED TO THE RIGHT. THE PILOT THOUGHT HE HAD A FLAT TIRE AND CORRECTED WITH RUDDER. THE AIRPLANE RETURNED TO THE RUNWAY CENTER, THEN VEERED TO THE RIGHT. THE PILOT SAID THE RUDDER PEDALS WERE 'UNRESPONSIVE' AND HE COULD NOT STEER. THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED THE RUNWAY, STRUCK A DITCH, AND OVERTURNED. POSTACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE DISCLOSED NO MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION OR FAILURE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN CAUSAL TO THE ACCIDENT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL LAND HIS INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS. FACTORS WERE: CROSSWIND CONDITIONS AND THE PILOT'S TOTAL LACK OF EXPERIENCE.
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