NTSB Identification: ATL90LA127.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 41529.
Accident occurred Friday, June 08, 1990 in GREENWOOD, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N6285G
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE ATTEMPTING A LANDING THE PILOT EXPERIENCED A DOWNDRAFT DURING THE FLARE PHASE OF THE APPROACH. THE AIRPLANE TOUCHDOWN WAS HARD CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE. THE STUDENT PILOT WAS ON THE SECOND ATTEMPT WHEN THE WINDS GUSTED UP TO 30 MPH. AN EXPERIENCED PILOT WHO LANDED BEFORE THE ACCIDENT REPORTED EXPERIENCING THE SAME GUSTY CONDITIONS. THE WEATHER FORECAST DID NOT PREDICT CONVECTIVE CONDITIONS. HOWEVER, THE STUDENT FAILED TO MAINTAIN FLYING SPEED DURING THE FINAL PHASE OF THE APPROACH.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN FLYING SPEED DURING THE FLARE PHASE OF THE APPROACH/LANDING. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS A SUDDEN INCREASE IN WINDS.

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