Monday, May 15, 2017

Cessna 172R Skyhawk, N23759, Christiansen Aviation Inc: Accident occurred May 12, 2017 at Boca Raton Airport (KBCT), Palm Beach County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Christiansen Aviation Inc:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA277
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 12, 2017 in Boca Raton, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N23759
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 solo student pilot reported that while on final "there was turbulence" and "just before landing [he] felt a strong crosswind pushing [him] to the right". Subsequently, the airplane touched down, veered off the right side of the runway, encountered a small ditch, and impacted a fence.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder.

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system at the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 180° at 10 knots. The pilot landed on runway 5.

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