FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA349
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Reno, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N5842E
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 the landing roll of his first solo flight, a gust of wind lifted the left wing of the airplane. He further reported that he attempted to correct with left rudder but the left wing impact the ground. The airplane continued off the runway to the right, impacted an airport marker, and the left main landing gear collapsed.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The student pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, revealed that, about 10 minutes before the accident the wind was 080 degrees true at 3 knots. A further review revealed that, about 10 minutes after the accident the wind was 150 degrees true at 3 knots. The airplane landed on runway 08.
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, which resulted in a runway excursion, impact with a sign, and left wing damage.