Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2001 Issue

September 28, Wildwood, N.J. / Cessna 170

At about 11:00 eastern time, a Cessna 170B on a fish-spotting flight was damaged while landing at Cape May County Airport. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The pilot said, I landed my C-170 hard at Cape May when I caught a gust of wind, and I lost all my airspeed and she dropped, and I was too low to do anything. The pilot-rated passenger said the airplane was two or three feet off the ground when a gust lifted the upwind wing and the pilot lost control. The left wing and the prop struck the runway. The pilot reported 2,500 hours total, with about 1,700 hours in make and model....

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