Monday, May 15, 2017

Cessna 170A, N9268A, Serendipity Flying Club: Accident occurred May 05, 2017 at Taos Regional Airport (KSKX), New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Registered Owner: Serendipity Flying Club

Operator: Serendipity Flying Club

Serendipity Flying Club:  

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA284
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 05, 2017 in Taos, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA 170, registration: N9268A
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 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.

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