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N61648 accident description

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Crash location 39.615556°N, 78.760833°W
Nearest city Cumberland, MD
39.652865°N, 78.762518°W
2.6 miles away
Tail number N61648
Accident date 07 Feb 2004
Aircraft type Cessna 172M
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On February 7, 2004, about 1130 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172M, N61648, was substantially damaged while landing at Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE), Cumberland, Maryland. The certificated private pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed Hagerstown Regional Airport, Hagerstown, Maryland, about 1045. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot stated that prior to landing at CBE, he had obtained the local weather via the internet, and subsequently listened to the Automated Surface Observation System (ASOS). As the airplane touched down on runway 23, a gust of wind forced the airplane to the left. The pilot added power and applied right rudder; however, the airplane continued to veer left, struck a snow bank, and came to rest inverted.

The reported wind at CBE, at 1155, was from 330 degrees, varying from 290 degrees to 360 degrees, at 6 knots, gusting to 14 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the crosswind while landing. A factor was the crosswind.

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