December 5, 2009, Diamond Point, Wash., Cessna 172M


While on final approach, the pilot encountered a right crosswind, and then up- and downdrafts as she crossed over a cliff under the flight path. The pilot said the touchdown was uneventful but, as the airplane slowed during the landing roll, it encountered a right crosswind gust, and the right wing lifted. Although remedial flight control inputs and power were applied, the left wing scraped the runway surface and the airplane pivoted to the left, exposing it to a nearly direct tailwind. As the pilot attempted to bring it back under control, the airplane nosed over onto its back.


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