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N6591H accident description

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Crash location 46.353611°N, 87.396389°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Marquette, MI
46.543544°N, 87.395417°W
13.1 miles away
Tail number N6591H
Accident date 05 Jan 2015
Aircraft type Cessna 172M
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

The pilot planned a local afternoon flight, which included takeoff from a runway covered with patchy snow and ice. Throughout the morning and afternoon prior to the accident, surface wind observations were westerly at 5 to 12 knots.

During takeoff roll on the northerly runway, the pilot stated he encountered a gust of westerly crosswinds and the airplane yawed to the left. Unable to maintain directional control, the pilot aborted the takeoff. The airplane subsequently impacted a snowdrift on the left side of the runway and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot did not maintain directional control during takeoff on the snow and ice covered runway in gusting crosswind conditions.

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