On April 12, 1995, at 1410 central daylight time, a Cessna 172P, N55409, collided with a fence during landing near Mountain Home, Arkansas. The private pilot was not injured, the pilot rated passenger received minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal cross country flight was operated by the Stick and Rudder Flying Club under Title 14 CFR Part 91. The flight originated in Monroe, Louisiana, at 1155, with prevailing visual meteorological conditions and a flight plan was not filed.

The pilot reported that prior to the landing, the automated weather observation service (AWOS) reported the winds from 270 degrees at 15 knots with gust to 26 knots. The pilot further stated that during touchdown on runway 23, the airplane encountered a wind gust, subsequently departing the runway and striking a fence.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported the airplane came to rest approximately 400 feet to the left of runway 23. Structural damage occurred to the wings and empennage. Wind at the nearest observation facility, 10 miles south-southeast, was from 260 degrees at 17 knots gusting to 26.

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