Oct. 22, Morganton, N.C. / Cessna L-19E (Cessna 305)


At 18:30 EDT, a Cessna L-19E nosed over on landing at Morganton, but the pilot was not injured. Winds at the time of the accident were reported as 300 to 320 degrees, 10 knots gusting to 15. The pilot said he decided the wind was favoring runway 21 and set up to land that way, but in fact landed on runway 3. He made a three-point landing but, as he touched down, the airplane was blown to the right side of the runway. He briefly straightened it out and applied full power to go around, but lost control of the airplane. The left wing struck the ground to the left of the runway and the airplane flipped inverted.


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