NTSB Identification: ANC05LA086.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 2005 in Anchorage, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 180, registration: N4533B
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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While conducting a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, the commercial certificated pilot said the air traffic control tower cleared him to land on runway 24, and advised the wind direction was 120 degrees at 5 knots. He said he used full flaps, and during the landing roll, the airplane ground-looped to the left. The pilot said he felt the wind was stronger than reported. No special weather observation was taken at the time of the accident, but the regular observation, taken at 1653, reported the wind as 190 at 8 knots, with gusts to 15 knots. According to the pilot, there were no known mechanical anomalies with the airplane prior to the accident. The airplane's right wing and aileron received structural damage during the ground-loop. In a written report to the NTSB dated July 8, the pilot indicated that he failed to use the proper crosswind landing techniques.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for gusting wind conditions during landing, which resulted in a ground-loop, and structural damage to the airplane. Factors associated with the accident were a ground-loop, and wind gusts.

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