NTSB Identification: CEN11CA065
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 03, 2010 in Sac City, IA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/12/2011
Aircraft: WELCH THOMAS RV9, registration: N475TW
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.

According to the pilot, the weather information he obtained en route indicated that the wind at his destination airport was from 300 degrees at 25 knots. The airplane encountered turbulence and wind gusts while on final approach and, despite the pilot’s control inputs, the airplane impacted terrain off the right side of the runway. The wind reported 25 miles from the accident site, about 15 minutes after the accident, was from 310 degrees at 23 knots gusting to 33 knots. The wings, firewall, and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

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

The pilot's loss of directional control while landing with a gusting wind.

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