NTSB Identification: CHI01LA333.
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Accident occurred Thursday, September 27, 2001 in Duluth, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/04/2002
Aircraft: Stinson 108-3, registration: N653C
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.

The airplane nosed over after departing the runway on landing. The pilot said in his written statement, "I came from a nearby airport, Aitkin and came to land at Sky Harbor. Crosswinds are always an issue at Sky Harbor. On the end of the roll out, the plane went off runway on to sand. Although this is not uncommon, this sand was soft and the front tires sunk into the sand stopping the plane instantly. It went over...." The pilot also stated that the accident, "...could have been avoided by flying to superior to avoid this crosswind, or being better at landing in crosswinds." A weather station located about 10 miles from the accident site recorded the wind as 90 degrees at 9 knots.

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

The pilots failure to maintain directional control during the landing. Factors were the crosswind and the soft terrain.

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