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N739CK accident description

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Crash location 42.460556°N, 71.517778°W
Nearest city Stow, MA
42.433426°N, 71.516176°W
1.9 miles away
Tail number N739CK
Accident date 20 Apr 2013
Aircraft type Cessna 172N
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, the airplane was on approach to runway 30, and about 75 feet above the ground, when it encountered a loss of lift due to “wind shear.” He added engine power to attempt a go-around, but the airplane touched down on the runway and bounced. A gust of wind then pushed the airplane to the left of the runway. The pilot responded by reducing engine power and attempted to turn back to the runway; however, the airplane impacted trees off the side of the runway. A postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to the right and left wings. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Winds reported at airport located about 10 miles east of the accident site were from 280 degrees at 12 knots, gusting to 15 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in gusty wind conditions.

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