March 10, Linden, N.J. / Cessna 172


At 1317 eastern time, a Cessna 172P was damaged when it struck a snow bank during landing at the Linden Airport. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The pilot said there was a strong crosswind and he was too far to the left during his first attempt to land on runway 27, a 4,137-foot-long, 100-foot-wide runway. During the second attempt, one main wheel touched down on the runway, followed by the other. After touchdown, the pilot encountered a strong gust of wind that pushed the airplane off the left side of the runway. Winds reported at nearby Newark International Airport were from 320 degrees at 17 knots, gusting to 22.


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