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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA127
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 28, 2017 in McCook, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/04/2017
Aircraft: VAUGHAN GERALD R SIDE WINDER TD, registration: N60JV
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.

The pilot reported that, during the landing roll in gusting wind conditions, the airplane veered to the left. He applied right rudder and brake, but the airplane struck a runway sign on the left side of the runway and exited the runway.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that, about 8 minutes after the accident, the wind was 320° true at 19 knots, gusting to 25 knots, and peak wind was 300° true at 27 knots. The airplane landed on runway 30.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusting wind conditions.