NTSB Identification: NYC84LA321.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26717.
Accident occurred Monday, September 24, 1984 in TITUSVILLE, PA
Aircraft: Beech 58F, registration: N72053
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.

PLT STATED THAT DURING FINAL APPROACH WITH A RIGHT QUARTERING CROSSWIND, THE ACFT PASSED AN OPENING IN THE TREES TO THE RIGHT (FORMER INTERSECTING RUNWAY) AND THE SUDDEN INCREASE IN CROSSWIND COMPONENT CAUSED THE ACFT TO DRIFT LEFT. PLT STATED HE ELECTED TO MAKE A GO-AROUND BUT BEFORE POWER COULD BE APPLIED, THE LEFT WING TIP STRUCK A DIRT EMBANKMENT PARALLELING THE RUNWAY. PLT CLOSED THE THROTTLES AND ALLOWED THE ACFT TO CRASH LAND BESIDE THE RUNWAY. LNGD GEAR COLLAPSED ON TOUCHDOWN DUE TO ACFT ATTITUDE (YAW) AND ROUGH TERRAIN. A SMALL FIRE FROM SHORTED WIRING IN THE LEFT WING TIP STROBE WAS EXTINGUISHED BY HAND.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,INSTRUMENT APPROACH LIGHTS..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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