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N9268A accident description

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Crash location 36.449722°N, 105.676111°W
Nearest city Taos, NM
36.407249°N, 105.573066°W
6.4 miles away
Tail number N9268A
Accident date 05 May 2017
Aircraft type Cessna 170
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing touchdown in a crosswind, a strong wind gust lifted the right wing. Subsequently, the airplane exited the left side of the runway, traveled down an embankment, and came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 280° at 11 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The pilot landed on runway 22.

NTSB Probable Cause

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

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