NTSB Identification: LAX08CA270
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 20, 2008 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N95841
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 stated that he had just completed two touch-and-go landings in crosswind conditions without incident. During the takeoff roll following the third touch-and-go landing, the pilot retracted the flaps, turned off the carburetor heat, and gradually increased the engine power. He was applying control pressure to the ailerons and rudder to counteract the crosswind, and after the airplane reached a speed of 50 knots, the wind velocity reduced. The airplane then departed the runway to the left and collided with a runway sign, causing substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing.

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