NTSB Identification: MKC89LA084.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38476.
Accident occurred Friday, March 24, 1989 in FORT DODGE, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/25/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N35053
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 PLT RPRTD THAT WHILE LANDING IN A GUSTY X-WIND CONDITION, THE ACFT ENCOUNTERED MODERATE TURBULENCE DURING THE LANDING FLARE. HE SAID THE ACFT PORPOISED TWO OR THREE TIMES, THEN IT DROPPED ON THE NOSE WHEEL & WAS DAMAGED. THE X-WIND WAS 60 DEGREES FROM THE RIGHT AT 16 GUSTING 20 KTS.

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

THE FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE FOR EXISTING WIND CONDITIONS, TO FLARE PROPERLY, AND TO RECOVER PROPERLY FROM A BOUNCED LANDING. THE GUSTY X-WIND CONDITIONS CONTRIBUTED TO THE ACCIDENT.

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