On April 20, about 1415 eastern standard time, a Cessna 175, N7002M, was substantially damaged when it collided with the runway during the landing roll at Pittsfield Municipal, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that departed at 1100. No flight plan had been filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
During a telephone interview with the pilot, the pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to practice crosswind landings. The wing low method was used to compensate for the left crosswind. During the third landing, as the airplane was decelerating in the landing roll, the left wing started to lift. The left wing continued to lift until the right wing struck the runway.
In the NTSB form 6120.1/2, the pilot stated:
Airplane was landed on runway 26 and was rolling out. Winds were 160 [to] 200 [degrees] at 8 [to] 10 knots. . . . As the airplane rolled out, a gust of wind caught the left wing and tipped the aircraft. The aircraft turned to the left approximately 70 degrees. The right wing struck the runway and turned back to the right approximately 120 degrees.
Additionally, the pilot reported that the winds were gusting to 20 knots.
Post-accident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed that the right wing spar was damaged No preimpact mechanical malfunctions were found with the airplane, nor did the pilot report any.