NTSB Identification: LAX03LA118
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 23, 2003 in Mammoth Lakes, CA
Aircraft: Ryan Navion, registration: N5291K
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 Uninjured.
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On March 23, 2003, about 1250 Pacific standard time, a Ryan Navion, N5291K, veered off the runway during the landing roll at Mammoth Yosemite Airport, Mammoth Lakes, California. The airplane, owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91, sustained substantial damage. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured; however, the remaining passenger received minor injuries. The flight originated at Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, California, with an ultimate destination of Bridgeport, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR flight plan was filed and activated.
The pilot reported a 10- to 15-degree left crosswind on runway 27 as he made his landing approach. He stated that he made the landing with a left wing down crosswind correction. After the left main landing gear and nose wheel touched down, the aircraft experienced an "unexpected gust of wind" that lifted the left wing, forcing the aircraft to depart the right side of the runway into sagebrush.