1997-02-03: The pilot of the Cessna 177B, C-GXFY
, was en route from Regina, Saskatchewan to Medicine Hat, Alberta, on a cross-country training exercise. About one hour into the flight, the pilot noted that the ground speed had decreased to the extent that the likelihood of reaching his destination with the fuel remaining was in doubt. The pilot diverted the flight to Swift Current, and received an airport advisory that surface winds were 250 degrees at 35 gusting to 45 kts. The pilot landed the aircraft on runway 30, and as the aircraft was rolling down the runway after touchdown, a gust of wind lifted the left wing. The aircraft approached the right side of the runway, and struck a snow drift and overturned. The pilot suffered only minor injuries, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage to its wings, tail, and propeller.