NTSB Identification: ATL82IA076
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Saturday, March 20, 1982 in MOBILE, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/20/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172F, registration: N8423U
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRCRAFT, THE PILOT NOTED THAT THE NOSE GEAR STRUT WAS UNDER INFLATED. THE PILOT, WHO IS TRAINING TO BE AN A&P MECHANIC, DIAGNOSED THE PROBLEM AS AN OIL LEAK. HOWEVER, TO AVOID ABORTING THE FLIGHT, HE INFLATED THE STRUT WITH AIR ONLY AND TOOK OFF. ON LANDING, IN A STRONG CROSSWIND, THE NOSE STRUT COLLAPSED CAUSING THE AIRCRAFT TO WHEELBARROW. THE PROPELLER TIPS AND THE RIGHT WING TIP SCRAPED THE RUNWAY CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..LEAK


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OPERATION WITH KNOWN DEFICIENCIES IN EQUIPMENT..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND

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