NYC95LA121
NYC95LA121

On May 23, 1995, at 1930 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182E, N3168Y, was substantially damaged during landing at the Drewniany-Springmeadow Airport (PA85), Frederick, Pennsylvania. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that originated at Allentown, Pennsylvania, at 1900. No flight plan had been filed for the flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

In the NTSB Form 6120.1/2, the student pilot/owner of the airplane stated that when he departed the Allentown Queen City Airport, he estimated the winds were from the southwest. His route of flight was direct to PA85, a private 1,400 foot grass strip, where his flight instructor was located.

He further stated:

...[I] attempted to land on runway 31 and was coming in fast, so I proceeded with a go-around. Attempted a second landing. Landing was made, although I was still approaching fast. Rather than elect to do a go-around, I proceeded with the landing. I skidded towards the end of the runway, hit a drainage ditch, and flipped aircraft over. After reviewing the conditions, I had landed downwind...I touched down approximately mid-field and I should have done a go-around.

In the NTSB Form 6120.1/2, the pilot estimated that the winds were from the southeast at 15 knots, gusting to 20.

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