NTSB Identification: NYC01LA093.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 05, 2001 in Falmouth, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/17/2001
Aircraft: Stinson 108-3, registration: N980C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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When the pilot departed the airport, the wind was favoring runway 25. About 90 minutes later, the pilot returned to the airport. Before landing, he monitored the automated terminal information service (ATIS) of another airport, located on an island about 13 miles south. According to the pilot, that ATIS information indicated a direct crosswind for runway 25. The pilot aborted his first landing attempt because he was too fast. During the second landing attempt, the airplane touched down, but a gust of wind pushed the empennage to the left. The airplane departed the right side of the runway and struck a tree. The pilot added that before landing, the windsock near the trees appeared "limp," but he did not recall the position of the windsock on top of a hangar. However, after the accident, the pilot observed the windsock on top of the hanger, and the winds were favoring runway 07. Additionally, the ATIS information at an airport located about 13 miles to the east, indicated a quartering tailwind of 13 to 19 knots. The pilot stated that in retrospect he should have landing on runway 07.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control while landing. Factors were the pilot's inadequate weather evaluation and a tailwind.

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