NTSB Identification: ATL87LA237.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34908.
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 18, 1987 in JACKSONVILLE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/11/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N733DQ
Injuries: 2 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 DEPARTED JACKSONVILLE IN VFR CONDS WITHOUT OBTAINING A WX BRIEFING. WHILE EN ROUTE, SHE OBSERVED THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY & ELECTED TO RETURN TO JACKSONVILLE. BY THE TIME SHE RETURNED, THE WX HAD DETERIORATED & THE WIND HAD SHIFTED TO THE SOUTH. THE WIND VELOCITY WAS ESTIMATED TO BE ABOUT 20 KTS SINCE THE WIND SOCK WAS FULLY EXTENDED. DRG A LANDING ON RWY 27, THE ACFT BOUNCED & THE PLT LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT HIT A DITCH & WAS DAMAGED. THE PLT OPERG HANDBOOK STATED THAT WITH AVERAGE PLT TECHNIQUE, A DIRECT X-WIND OF 15 KTS COULD BE HANDLED WITH SAFETY. THE PLT EXTIMATED THE WIND WAS GUSTING TO 30 KTS.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM




Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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