NTSB Identification: MKC89LA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38016.
Accident occurred Monday, January 09, 1989 in AUDUBON, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N89867
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.

WHILE ON SOLO CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING FLIGHT, THE STUDENT PILOT SAID HE ATTEMPTED TO LAND THE TAILWHEEL ACFT ON RUNWAY 14 WITH A RIGHT CROSSWIND IN EXCESS OF 20 KNOTS. DURING THE LANDING FLARE, HE FELT HE WAS LOSING DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND ELECTED TO GO-AROUND. SHORTLY AFTER THAT HE LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL AND DRIFTED TO THE LEFT STRIKING A TREE, THEN THE TERRAIN.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE CROSSWIND CONDITIONS.

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