saw a brand new turbo Cirrus that missed a tough cross-wind landing yesterday (18 knots gusting to 25 at 90 degrees to the single runway) sitting in the weeds to the side of the runway with its gear sheared off, wings cracked/broken in several places and prop tips sheared off. No one was injured, but the plane is totaled.
The student pilot (never flown before buying the plane) was getting a lesson from a Cirrus factory instructor.
Lessons learned (from my perspective as a non-instructor, others please chime in):
The flight instructor should have flown this landing, asking a low time student to land in this situation was a set-up to fail and also teaches questionable judgment.
know your limitations: if you don’t think you can handle a situation, ask for help or find other options. There were two airports nearby with crossing runways where the wind would not have been a problem.
The cabin and airframe design did a good job of protecting the occupants.