NTSB Identification: WPR12LA325
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Gooding, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/13/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 177, registration: N30753
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

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 reported that the airplane did not initially encounter turbulence during the approach to the runway. However, after the airplane crossed the approach end of the runway and the pilot reduced the engine power for the landing flare, the airplane’s left wing was “abruptly” pushed upward. The pilot was unable to maintain control; the right main landing gear and the nose wheel touched down first, and then the left main landing gear hit the runway hard. The airplane exited the right side of the runway into weeds and proceeded into a small ditch. The pilot added power and taxied the airplane back to the runway and then subsequently taxied to the ramp. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 maintain airplane control after encountering an unexpected wind gust during landing.

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