NTSB Identification: FTW00LA249.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 05, 2000 in MEXIA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 170A, registration: N1447D
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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During a short 15-minute flight, the student pilot encountered some light turbulence and windy flight conditions. While approaching mid-field at his destination, the 'windsock showed that the wind was blowing from the south.' He set up for a normal full flaps approach to Runway 18, and on final, the wind shifted to north-northeast. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered to the left. Control corrections were not effective, as the aircraft skidded off the runway to the left onto grass, and impacted a dirt mound at a 90-degree angle. The aircraft came to rest heading about 360 degrees. The main landing gears were sheared, the landing gear box was structurally damaged and the fuselage was buckled adjacent to the passenger side doorframe. The nearest full service weather reporting facility, located approximately 36 miles east of the accident site, reported wind from 090 at 13 knots, gusting to 19 knots.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. Factors were the gusty crosswind and the pilot's failure to perform a go-around upon encountering a windshift/crosswind.

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