SEA00LA029
SEA00LA029

On December 4, 1999, at 1140 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 140, N1936V, registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, nosed over during the landing roll at the Jefferson County International Airport, Port Townsend, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the commercial pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. The flight departed from Snohomish, Washington, about 30 minutes prior to the accident.

During a telephone interview, the pilot reported that he was aware of gusting wind conditions in the area, however, he opted to continue for a landing on runway 9. While on final approach, the pilot kept the airspeed up a little higher to compensate for the crosswind. When the aircraft touched down, it bounced and became airborne. The pilot applied power to correct for the situation. The aircraft touched down a second time and again bounced, then settled to the runway. The pilot reported that during the landing roll, a gust of wind lifted the right wing and the left wing contacted the runway surface. The airplane veered to the left, crossed the runway, a 30 foot wide grass area, and a taxiway before colliding with a ditch on the north side of the taxiway. The airplane then nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The pilot reported that the winds were from the east southeast at 10-15 knots, with gusts in excess of 15 knots.

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