NTSB Identification: FTW00LA184.
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Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2000 in MESQUITE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-200, registration: N4861T
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot stated that he was landing to the south, and 'after touchdown on the rollout, after all three wheels were on the ground, the plane leaned to the right and turned to the right.' In an attempt to correct for the right turn, the pilot applied full left rudder. The airplane spun 180 degrees to the left and came to rest in the grass next to the runway with the landing gear collapsed. The weather observation facility at the airport reported the wind from 130 degrees at 13 knots. The pilot reported the wind at the time of the accident from 130 degrees at 7 knots. Examination of the aircraft's landing gear revealed that all of the landing gear damage was consistent with application of (sideways) force in excess of design limits. No indication of pre-impact failure or malfunction was noted.

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

The pilot's improper compensation for the existing crosswind condition. A factor was the crosswind.

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