NTSB Identification: SEA02LA118.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 02, 2002 in Sweetgrass, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 182 E, registration: N3387Y
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot, who was landing his aircraft in gusty crosswinds, was able to successfully touch down near the center of the runway, but soon thereafter encountered a gust that was stronger than he had expected. After encountering the gust, the aircraft started drifting toward the right side of the runway, and because the pilot was unable to maintain directional control, it eventually departed the runway surface. After leaving the runway, the aircraft impacted a nearby fence and sustained substantial damage.

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

The pilot's failure to adequately compensate for wind conditions after encountering a crosswind gust during the landing roll. Factors include gusty crosswinds, and a fence in the vicinity of the runway.

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