NTSB Identification: DEN03LA052.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 23, 2003 in Erie, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 172S, registration: N3544Q
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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The flight instructor was demonstrating a crosswind landing to her student. She estimated the wind to be from 270 degrees at 15 to 20 knots. After landing on runway 33, the airplane veered to the right. She applied full power in an attempt to abort the landing, but could not return the airplane to the runway centerline. She then closed the throttle. The airplane departed the runway, settled in snow-covered mud, and nosed over. The left wing lift strut was bent and the wing was buckled.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during aborted landing. Contributing factors include the crosswind component, and the snow covered muddy terrain.

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