NTSB Identification: WPR12CA254
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 09, 2012 in Santa Ana, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO 162, registration: N5211Y
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 reported that just prior to touchdown the airplane encountered a gust of wind, which forced the airplane off of the runway heading. The pilot applied power to go around; however, during the transition to climb, the airplane collided with a taxiway sign, sustaining substantial damage to the side of the fuselage. The pilot continued the climb and returned to land without further incident. No preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures were reported with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s failure to compensate for the gusting wind and failure to maintain airplane control during the approach to land.

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