NTSB Identification: LAX95LA085.
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Accident occurred Sunday, January 22, 1995 in MESA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N73141
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE STUDENT PILOT WAS PRACTICING TOUCH-AND-GO TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS. ON THE SIXTH LANDING, THE AIRPLANE YAWED TO THE LEFT. THE STUDENT PILOT APPLIED CORRECTIVE CONTROL INPUTS, BUT WITHOUT SUCCESS. THE AIRPLANE EXITED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY AND COLLIDED WITH A DRAINAGE DITCH. THE POSTACCIDENT EXAMINATION OF THE WRECKAGE REVEALED NO EVIDENCE OF ANY PREEXISTING MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES.

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

Student pilot's failure to maintain proper alignment, his delayed remedial action, and improper use of the flight controls. The student pilot's lack of experience was a factor in this accident.

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