NTSB Identification: FTW89LA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39058.
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 31, 1989 in NOCONA, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/11/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 180B, registration: N59KM
Injuries: 3 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 AIRLINE TRANSPORT RATED PILOT CONDUCTED A FLIGHT TO AN AIRPORT WITH NO WEATHER INFORMATION OTHER THAN THE ATIS AT HIS DEPARTURE POINT. HE ESTIMATED THE LANDING WINDS TO BE 20 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 30 KNOTS AND 90 DEGREES TO HIS LANDING RUNWAY. DURING LANDING ROLLOUT, AT APPROXIMATELY 25 MPH, THE AIRCRAFT DIRECTIONAL CONTROL WAS LOST AND IT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY SURFACE. THE PILOT DID NOT DETECT ANY OBSTRUCTIONS TO THIS PATH AND PERMITTED THE AIRCRAFT TO CONTINUE RATHER THAN GROUND LOOP. THE LEFT MAIN GEAR STRUCK A 12 INCH STEEL CULVERT AND SEPARATED FROM THE FUSELAGE.

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

THE PILOT'S DISREGARD OF THE AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE DATA/OPERATIONAL LIMITATIONS BY LANDING IN EXCESS OF THE CROSSWIND CAPABILITY OF THE AIRCRAFT, AND THE RESULTANT LOSS OF DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING ROLL.

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