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Grumman American AA-5A Cheetah, N9860U: Accident occurred December 17, 2015 at Polly Ranch (7XS0) in Friendswood, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA083

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 17, 2015 in Friendswood, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/08/2016
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA-5A, registration: N9860U
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 during the second landing of his flight, the airplane bounced twice and veered left. He reported that as the airplane was about to exit the left side of the runway, he applied full power to abort the landing. The student pilot reported that the airplane collided with a tree 60 feet above the ground on the left side of runway, spun around 270 degrees in the air and impacted the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The student pilot's loss of directional control during an aborted landing, which resulted in a collision with a tree and impact with the ground.

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