NTSB Identification: LAX00LA053.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 18, 1999 in SHOSHONE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172A, registration: N34261
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The pilot stated he overflew the runway to try and determine the wind direction and speed before he attempted to land. He said that the windsock was in tatters and he was unable to determine the wind volume, but that it was right down the runway. He set up for a short field landing using 40 degrees of flaps. The pilot said that as he flared for landing a microburst lifted the right wing and he was unable to regain directional control of the airplane before it exited the runway and struck a bush. A local police officer that interviewed the pilot said that the pilot told him that he asked his passenger to raise the flaps while he powered up the engine while they were in the air, trying to regain control of the airplane. The officer said that when he arrived shortly after the accident, the 'wind was very strong and the windsock was horizontal to the ground.'
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadequate compensation for the existing strong and gusting wind conditions and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control. Full narrative available
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