NTSB Identification: LAX83LA255.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21393.
Accident occurred Monday, May 30, 1983 in WILLITS, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N9699Q
Injuries: 4 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 VEERED OFF THE RWY DURING LANDING IN A 15 KT CROSSWIND. THE PILOT STATED THAT JUST AFTER TOUCHDOWN HE ENCOUNTERED 'A LEFT QUARTERING TAILWIND GUST MORE LIKE 220 DEGREES AT 10 KTS' WHICH PICKED UP HIS LEFT WING AND CAUSED HIM TO VEER OFF THE RWY. UNICOM HAD ADVISED THAT THE WIND WAS FROM 270 DEGREES AT 5 KTS ACCORDING TO THE PILOT. THE LANDING WAS ON RWY 34. TWO GROUND WITNESSES WITH AERONAUTICAL EXPERIENCE PROVIDED STATEMENTS. THEY SAID THE WIND WAS VARIABLE WITH GUSTS TO 10 KTS. THEY DESCRIBED A HIGH FLARE WITH A BALLOONING EFFECT, THE RIGHT WING DROPPING, THE ACFT GOING OFF TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RWY AND NOSING DOWN.

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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