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Cessna 152, N6496L: Accident occurred February 07, 2022 at Chemehuevi Valley Airport (49X), San Bernardino County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Location: Chemehuevi Valley, California
Accident Number: WPR22LA093
Date and Time: February 7, 2022, 16:00 Local
Registration: N6496L
Aircraft: Cessna 152 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On February 7, 2022, about 1600 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 152, N6496L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Chemehuevi Valley Airport, Chemehuevi Valley, California. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations instructional flight.

The flight was the first time the pilot had flown solo, having just received an endorsement from his flight instructor earlier in the day. He stated that during the first solo landing, the airplane experienced a pronounced nose wheel shimmy after touchdown. He exited the runway, and relayed the event to his flight instructor, who stated that it was likely a result of excessive braking after touchdown. He then departed and performed a series of uneventful takeoffs and landings while remaining in the traffic pattern. He stated that during his fifth takeoff, which was part of a touch-and-go, after reaching rotation speed, he pulled back on the yoke, but the airplane did not rotate. He verified the flight instruments and tried again, and although the nose pitched up slightly, the airplane did not rotate. He released back pressure on the yoke, and realized that during the takeoff attempt, the airplane had veered to the left of the runway. The airplane departed the runway and collided with a small tree.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N6496L
Model/Series: 152
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHII,783 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /-15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lake Havasu City, AZ (HII)
Destination: Chemehuevi Valley, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.528889,-114.43197

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