NTSB Identification: DEN83LA064.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20862.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 19, 1983 in DURANGO, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N5802J
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 ACFT WENT OUT OF CONTROL DURING AN ATTEMPTED GO-AROUND AND CONTACTED SNOW COVERED TERRAIN WHERE IT NOSED OVER. THE PILOT ENCOUNTERED GUSTY CROSS-WINDS AT TOUCHDOWN DURING LANDING AND STARTED A GO-AROUND. THE GO-AROUND ATTEMPT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AS THE ACFT CONTACTED THE GROUND OFF THE RUNWAY AND WENT OUT OF CONTROL IN THE SNOW. THE PILOT SAID SHE FOUND OUT AFTER THE ACCIDENT THAT A RETENTION WALL ABEAM AND TO THE LEFT OF THE ACCIDENT SITE CREATE HAZARDOUS AND TURBULENT WINDS. IF SHE HAD BEEN AWARE OF THIS SHE COULD HAVE LANDED FARTHER DOWN THE RUNWAY TO AVOID THIS TURBULENCE, SHE SAID.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ABORTED LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

GO-AROUND..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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