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N251SP accident description

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Crash location 43.779167°N, 70.012778°W
Nearest city South Harpswell, ME
43.741750°N, 70.014492°W
2.6 miles away
Tail number N251SP
Accident date 01 Sep 2008
Aircraft type Cessna 172SP
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated that prior to landing he believed that he had a quartering head wind between 6 and 8 knots. Once over runway 14 at about 10 feet agl., "suddenly the wind shifted and we were lifted up and keeled over to the right. Once I leveled the wings I realized that we were quickly running out of runway." The pilot stated that he attempted a go-around; he put in full power and raised the flaps to 20 degrees. However, he did not have enough power or clearance to stay out of the trees. The pilot banked left to avoid the trees and "dropped" the airplane in a field between houses. The airplane hit the ground and then skidded to a stop into a tree. The reported weather conditions at Brunswick, Maine, at the time of the accident was visual meteorological conditions with winds at 340 degrees at 19 knots gusting to 27 knots. The pilot said he and the two passengers were out of the airplane in 15 seconds. Damage to the airplane consisted of the left wing and empennage. Emergency responders arrived within 5 minutes, but no one was injured. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane while landing in gusty winds.

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