Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2002 Issue

June 02, Dalhart, Texas / Cessna 172

At 1845 central time, a Cessna 172L struck terrain during the landing flare on runway 35 at the Dalhart Municipal Airport. The pilot suffered minor injuries. The pilot said he was flying from Liberal, Kan., to Albuquerque when he decided to land at Dalhart due to thunderstorms ahead. During final approach, the wind was down the runway, but he was struck by a left crosswind gust during the flare. The airplane departed the runway, struck the ground, and impacted a ditch before coming to rest nose down. The ASOS at the airport recorded a wind shift at the time of the accident, with gusts reaching 44 knots....

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