NTSB Identification: LAX83LA239.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20734.
Accident occurred Friday, May 20, 1983 in TUCSON, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 150K, registration: N8406M
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 ACFT BECAME MISALIGNED WITH THE RUNWAY DURING LANDING AND LANDED IN A CRAB WHICH COLLAPSED THE NOSE GEAR AND THE LEFT MAIN GEAR. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE GOT CAUGHT IN A DUST-DEVIL WHICH BLEW HIM SIDEWAYS. ACCORDING TO THE OPERATOR WHO WITNESSED THE ACCIDENT,A RIGHT CROSSWIND OF 8 TO 10 KTS EXISTED. THE REPORTED WIND AT TUCSON INTERNAT'L AIRPORT WHICH IS 12 MILES NORTHEAST OF THE ACCIDENT SITE, WAS 310 DEGREES AT 13 KTS. THE PILOT WAS COMPLETING THE LAST LEG OF A SOLO CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHT.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR ATTACHMENT..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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