NTSB Identification: ERA09LA400
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 26, 2009 in Kanona, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/2009
Aircraft: APOLLO AIRCRAFT INC MONSOON, registration: N308AA
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

The student pilot departed the private airpark for a local flight after being advised via radio that convective weather was approaching the area. Upon noticing the weather, the pilot decided to return to the airpark and land. During the landing, a strong crosswind pushed the aircraft toward the right side of the runway and the right wing struck a bush. The aircraft subsequently flipped upside down, resulting in substantial damage and serious injury to the pilot. About the time of the landing, a witness noted that the airport windsock was "straight out," indicating a crosswind to the runway. The aircraft had a placarded limitation of a 14 knot maximum crosswind component, and the pilot had a restriction on his student pilot certificate limiting him to flying in winds of 10 knots or less.

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

The pilot's loss of control while landing in convective weather conditions. Contributing to the accident was his misjudgment of the approaching weather.

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