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N1588P accident description

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Crash location 31.876389°N, 106.691944°W
Nearest city Santa Teresa, NM
31.855938°N, 106.639158°W
3.4 miles away
Tail number N1588P
Accident date 23 Apr 2008
Aircraft type Piper PA-18
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot began a normal approach to runway 28 at his intended destination airport and stated that he had a large crosswind correction because of strong winds from the southwest. The airspeed was indicating between 60 and 70 miles per hour and no flaps were used. The pilot touched down on the main gear slightly to the right of the runway centerline and in good alignment with plenty of runway remaining. The pilot then decided due to the strong winds to attempt a go-around and applied power. According to the pilot's statement on the NTSB 6120.1, Pilot /Operator Accident/ Incident Report, a gust of wind brought the left wing up and the aircraft right wing appeared to be scraping the runway. The aircraft began to turn to the right and went off the north side of the runway at about 90 degrees from the runway heading. The airplane then went through a dried creek bed 10 to 12 feet deep and 50 feet wide approximately 100 feet north of the runway. The nose hit the north rim of the creek bed and the aircraft flipped and came to rest inverted facing to the west. The pilot was able to egress unassisted and sustained only minor injuries. Winds were reported at the time of the accident as 14 knots with gusts to 28 knots from 250 degrees.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control. Contributing to the accident was the strong gusty crosswinds.

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