NTSB Identification: CEN10CA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Coldwater, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/12/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N81772
Injuries: 2 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 private pilot was landing his single-engine airplane in a crosswind when he encountered a wind gust of 15-20 knots during the landing flare. The airplane went off the left side of the runway and the left horizontal stabilizer struck a precision approach path indicator light, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane. The pilot reported that he should have anticipated a higher crosswind component and possible gusts during the landing.

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

The pilot's failure to compensate for gusting crosswinds resultuing in the loss of directional control while landing.

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