NTSB Identification: LAX86LA162.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31582.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 02, 1986 in SAINT JOHNS, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 182J, registration: N2691F
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 SAID HIS WX BRIEFING INDCD VFR CONDS ALONG THE ROUTE WITH OCNL THUNDERSTORM (TSTM) ACTIVITY THAT MIGHT REQUIRE DIVERSION. AS HE WAS APCHG THE ST JOHNS ARPT, THE PLT SAW TSTMS & OVRCST CLDS AHEAD & DECIDED TO LAND & WAIT FOR THE WX TO IMPROVE. THE UNICOM OPERATOR ADVISED THAT THE WINDS FAVORED RWY 20 WITH A VELOCITY OF 20 GUSTING 25 KTS. THE PLT SAID THAT ON FINAL APCH, THE WINDS SHIFTED; HE NOTED THE 2 WINDSOCKS WERE SHOWING DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS. THE WINDSOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE RWYS SHOWED A WIND FROM 270 DEG, FAVORING RWY 31. THE PLT LANDED NEAR THE CENTERLINE OF RWY 31. HE SAID HE WAS HOLDING CONTROLS FOR THE WIND WHEN A STRONG GUST GOT UNDER THE LEFT WING & PICKED IT UP. THE ACFT THEN RAN OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RWY, WENT INTO A DITCH & NOSED OVR. THE WIND DIRECTION METER IN THE ARPT TERMINAL WAS REPORTED TO BE INOP AT THE TIME THE PLT CALLED FOR HIS ARPT ADVISORY. THE DEMONSTRATED X-WIND COMPONENT FOR THE ACFT WAS 15 KTS.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..THUNDERSTORM



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DITCH




Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,WIND DIRECTION INDICATOR..INOPERATIVE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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