FTW97LA056
FTW97LA056

On December 7, 1996, at approximately 1230 central standard time, a Beech A23, N3597R, was substantially damaged following loss of control during landing near Conway, Arkansas. The private pilot, sole occupant in the airplane, was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by a private owner under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal local flight which originated approximately 60 minutes before the accident. No flight plan had been filed.

As reported by the pilot in his Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report and in an interview with the IIC, he was landing on runway 18 when a "right crosswind gust lifted his right wing." The airplane "was pushed to the left side of the runway," and the pilot attempted a go-around. The pilot stated that his airplane then impacted a small tree and "he pulled up and stalled the plane." The airplane came to rest in a group of small trees and underbrush with the right wing resting on a chain link fence. The airframe was bent, the wings were twisted, there was a hole in the right wing fuel tank, and the left main gear and nose gear were separated from the airplane.

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