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NTSB Identification: CEN14CA104
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 05, 2014 in Cotulla, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/13/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N55277
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

During the landing flare to runway 31, the airplane was "pushed to the left" by a "sudden gust of wind". The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. Both wings, the vertical stabilizer, and the rudder were substantially damaged. The flight instructor stated that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The flight instructor and the student pilot both reported that the wind was 330 degrees at 14 knots, gusting to 21 knots. The official weather observation, recorded at 1553, reported the wind as 340 degrees at 14 knots. The observation, recorded at 1553, reported the wind as 010 degrees at 12 knots.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot did not maintain control of the airplane while landing. The flight instructor's failure to monitor the flight contributed to the accident.