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N1543Y accident description

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Crash location 32.632500°N, 108.154167°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 Silver City, NM
32.770075°N, 108.280326°W
12.0 miles away
Tail number N1543Y
Accident date 15 Aug 2018
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector that, during a solo cross-country flight, while landing in a gusting crosswind, the airplane drifted off the runway to the left, and spun 180°. The nose landing gear collapsed, and the right wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 5 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 140° at 10 knots. The airplane landed on runway 26.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator in charge repeatedly attempted to contact the student pilot via telephone and email regarding this accident, to no avail. The student pilot did not submit the NTSB Form 6120.1 Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing with a quartering tailwind.

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