NTSB Identification: LAX90LA188.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41321.
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 22, 1990 in LAKEPORT, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N61602
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.

THE PILOT CALLED THE AIRPORT UNICOM FOR AN AIRPORT ADVISORY, BUT TO NO AVIAL. HE THEN CIRCLED THE AIRPORT & OBSERVED THE SURFACE WINDS WERE OUT OF THE NORTH BETWEEN 12 - 15 KNOTS. THE AIRPORT WAS SERVED BY ONLY ONE EAST/WEST RUNWAY & THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND ON RUNWAY 28. HE RPRTD THAT DURING THE LANDING ROLLOUT, A STRONG GUST OF WIND PUSHED THE AIRPLANE TO THE RIGHT INTO THE SOFT, MUDDY SHOULDER, AND THEN IT COLLIDED WITH A DITCH. THE PILOT IMPROPERLY USED THE FLIGHT CONTROLS AND FAILED TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR CROSSWIND CONDITIONS. THE CROSSWIND WAS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT.

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