NTSB Identification: NYC95LA121.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 23, 1995 in FREDERICK, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/04/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 182E, registration: N3168Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE STUDENT PILOT DEPARTED IN HIS OWN AIRPLANE TO FLY TO HIS FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR'S AIRSTRIP. HE ESTIMATED THAT THE WINDS WERE FROM THE SOUTHWEST AT THE DEPARTURE AIRPORT. UPON ARRIVAL AT HIS DESTINATION, HE ATTEMPTED A LANDING ON RUNWAY 31, A 1400 FOOT GRASS STRIP. THE STUDENT DECIDED THAT HIS APPROACH WAS FAST AND PERFORMED A G0-AROUND. THE STUDENT STATED THAT DURING A SECOND ATTEMPT, HE WAS STILL FAST ON FINAL, BUT ELECTED TO LAND, AND TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT MID-FIELD. THE AIRPLANE 'SKIDDED' TOWARDS THE END OF THE RUNWAY INTO A DRAINAGE DITCH AND NOSED OVER. THE STUDENT ESTIMATED THAT THE WINDS WERE FROM THE SOUTHEAST AT 15 KNOTS, GUSTING TO 20 KNOTS. THE STUDENT STATED THAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE A GO-AROUND.

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

The pilot's inadequate inflight planning by failing to verify the wind direction for landing. Also causal is the pilot's failure to obtain the proper touch down point and to do a go-around.

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