Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cessna 172S, Westwind Aviation Inc., N24350: Accident occurred November 12, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 12, 2011 in Phoenix, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N24350
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that during a touch-and-go practice landing and takeoff, he landed the airplane and applied power to take off. As the airplane accelerated, it began to veer to the left. Despite the student pilot's control inputs, the airplane continued to veer to the left, exited the runway surface, struck a ditch, and nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The student pilot's inadequate directional control during takeoff.

The student pilot reported that during a touch-and-go landing, he applied power for takeoff and the airplane began to veer to the left. Despite the student pilot's control inputs, the airplane continued to veer to the left and exited the runway surface. Subsequently, the airplane struck a ditch and nosed over, which resulted in structural damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


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 PHOENIX (AP) - The pilot of a small plane walked away without injuries after the aircraft flipped over while taxiing at a north Phoenix airport.

The Phoenix Fire Department says the pilot was taxiing the Cessna 172 at a low speed when it flipped over just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

The plane ended up upside down in the dirt between two runways at the Deer Valley Airport.

The airport's operations weren't affected.

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A small plane flipped over upon landing at Deer Valley Airport on Saturday morning, officials said.

Shortly before 9 a.m., a single-engine Cessna 172 flipped over between two runways while traveling at a low speed, said a Phoenix Fire Department spokesman.

The pilot, the plane's only occupant, was not injured, he said.

Officials are investigating the cause of the accident, and flights at Deer Valley are unaffected at this time.

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