Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N35502: Accident occurred February 17, 2016 in Newport News, Virginia


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA134
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Newport News, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N35502
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.

According to the student pilot, he was performing his third stop and go landing, during his first solo flight. He reported that during the landing flare he heard the stall warning horn, and he bounced the landing while traveling at a ground speed of approximately 45 knots. The student pilot remarked that he was not able to control the airplanes lateral direction during the landing roll and the airplane exited the right side of the runway subsequently impacting a drainage culvert. The airplane sustained substantial damage to right wing and the fire wall.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with the airplane prior to, or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, resulting in a runway excursion and impact with terrain.

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