Runway excursion Accident Cessna 172M Skyhawk N6591H,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172723
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Date:Monday 5 January 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 172M Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Marquette County Flying Club Inc
Registration: N6591H
MSN: 17265501
Year of manufacture:1975
Total airframe hrs:10631 hours
Engine model:Lycoming 0-320 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sawyer International Airport (KSAW), Marquette, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Marquette, MI (SAW)
Destination airport:Marquette, MI (SAW)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot planned a local afternoon flight, which included takeoff from a runway covered with patchy snow and ice. Throughout the morning and afternoon prior to the accident, surface wind observations were westerly at 5 to 12 knots.

During takeoff roll on the northerly runway, the pilot stated he encountered a gust of westerly crosswinds and the airplane yawed to the left. Unable to maintain directional control, the pilot aborted the takeoff. The airplane subsequently impacted a snowdrift on the left side of the runway and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot did not maintain directional control during takeoff on the snow and ice covered runway in gusting crosswind conditions.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN15CA097
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

05-Jan-2015 22:40 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
19-Aug-2017 16:03 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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