Monday, March 6, 2017

Cessna 172B Skyhawk, Black Spruce Aviation LLC, N7450X: Accident occurred March 02, 2017 in Greenville, Piscataquis County, Maine

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Black Spruce Aviation LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N7450X

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA175
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 02, 2017 in Greenville, ME
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7450X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that after a normal landing in gusting headwind conditions, he turned onto an intersecting runway which resulted in gusting crosswind conditions. He added that he positioned the flight controls to compensate for the crosswind, but after taxiing about 150 ft. on the runway the left wing lifted, the airplane veered to right, and nosed over on snow-covered terrain.

The vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

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

The automated weather observation station at the accident airport, about the time of the accident, recorded wind 300° at 13 knots, gusting 28 knots. The pilot reported that he was taxiing on runway 3.

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