NTSB Identification: CHI02LA079.
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Accident occurred Sunday, February 17, 2002 in Hackensack, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/28/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172H, registration: N1463F
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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The pilot reported that when nearing his destination, he listened to the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) at the Pine River Airport. He stated the AWOS reported the winds were from 150 to 160 degrees at 12 to 14 knots, with gusts of 18 to 20 knots. He reported he continued to monitor the AWOS and the "conditions trended toward improvement with velocity dropping and gusts disappearing from time to time." The pilot reported the airplane was lined up with runway 14 for landing, when at an altitude of 5 to 8 feet above the runway, a "strong" gust of wind moved the airplane to the right. He reported that he applied power to go around, but at an altitude of about 20 feet above the ground, the right wing of the airplane contacted trees alongside the runway. The airplane turned approximately 90 degrees to the right and settled to the ground in an upright position. The pilot reported the trees were approximately 50 feet off the side of the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's inadequate compensation for the winds conditions which resulted in the failure to maintain directional control of the airplane. Factors associated with the accident were the gusty crosswind conditions and the trees alongside the runway which the airplane contacted. Full narrative available
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