NTSB Identification: CEN12LA171
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 27, 2012 in Denver, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/13/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA R172E, registration: N3196F
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 pilot was taxiing for takeoff in wind that greatly exceeded the airplane manufacturer's maximum demonstrated crosswind component and the airplane operator's wind limits. During the taxi, which was along a taxiway that was subject to an almost direct crosswind, the wind lifted the airplane’s tail upward, and the airplane nosed over.

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

The pilot's improper decision to taxi in wind conditions that exceeded the airplane’s capability.

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