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N71MH accident description

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Crash location 40.185000°N, 74.122223°W
Nearest city Belmar, NJ
40.178447°N, 74.021804°W
5.3 miles away
Tail number N71MH
Accident date 11 Jun 2017
Aircraft type Cessna 180
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing as the left main gear touched down, a wind gust veered the airplane "abruptly" to the left. He added that as the right gear touched down, the airplane "began skidding to the left", and the right main landing gear collapsed. Subsequently, the airplane came to rest on the left side of the runway, nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system on the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 260° at 10 knots, gusting to 15 knots. The pilot landed on runway 32.

NTSB Probable Cause

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

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