NTSB Identification: CHI02LA077.
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Accident occurred Saturday, February 09, 2002 in Manito, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N7025A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The Cessna 172 stalled approximately 17 feet agl during a short field landing demonstrated by a certified flight instructor (CFI) to a student pilot. The CFI stated that the winds were from 180 degrees and that the airplane encountered wind shear due to trees while landing on runway 22 (2,784 feet by 40 feet). Winds were recorded 11 nm north-northeast of the accident site to be 160 degrees at 21 knots gusting to 26 knots resulting in a crosswind component of 14 knots gusting to 18 knots. Later models of the Cessna 172 have a demonstrated crosswind component of 15 knots.

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

The pilot's improper planning and decision and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed, which resulted in a stall and hard landing. The gusting crosswind conditions were a contributing factor.

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