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N291AF accident description

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Crash location 44.622500°N, 86.197777°W
Nearest city Frankfort, MI
44.633610°N, 86.234540°W
2.0 miles away
Tail number N291AF
Accident date 30 Jul 2016
Aircraft type S C Aerostar S .A. Festival R40S
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot reported that during the landing roll in gusty right crosswind conditions the right wing lifted and the airplane drifted off the runway to the left. The airplane impacted terrain, which resulted in a collapsed nose gear and substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact 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 7 minutes before the accident the wind was 050 degrees true at 5 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, and sky clear. The airplane landed on runway 15.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion, a nose gear collapse, and impact with terrain.

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