NTSB Identification: DEN05CA107.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 09, 2005 in Roosevelt, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2005
Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC12-65, registration: N36044
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot said he listened to the local weather observation and noted uncharacteristic northerly winds of 10 knots, gusting to 17 knots at his time of arrival. He said he then performed a crosswind landing on runway 25 (6,500 feet by 75 feet, dry asphalt). After approximately a 20 foot ground roll, a gust of wind lifted the aircraft off the runway and pivoted it left (counterclockwise). The airplane then touched down off the side of the runway, impacted a rock, and nosed down. The pilot exited the aircraft and pushed it back upright to stop fuel from leaking. An examination of the airplane showed no anomalies. At 1653, the wind conditions at Vernal, Utah (VEL), located 26 nautical miles east of the accident site, were 240 degrees at 8 knots. The wind conditions 33 minutes prior to the accident were 190 degrees at 13 knots, gusting 16 knots. The crosswind component at that time was calculated as 11 knots.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to maintain control of the aircraft during landing. A factor contributing to the accident was the crosswind. Full narrative available
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