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N5786R accident description

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Crash location 35.582778°N, 89.587222°W
Nearest city Covington, TN
35.564247°N, 89.646467°W
3.6 miles away
Tail number N5786R
Accident date 22 Nov 2015
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot reported the airplane "landed smoothly on the centerline", but during the landing roll, the wind shifted to a 90 degree right crosswind. The pilot applied crosswind correction and brakes, but the airplane veered to the right, exited the runway, ground looped, and the right wing impacted the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and aileron, and left horizontal stabilizer and elevator.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's loss of directional control during the landing roll in crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion, ground loop, and impact with the ground.

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