NTSB Identification: NYC96LA054.
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Accident occurred Monday, January 22, 1996 in NORWOOD, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89813
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE STUDENT PILOT WAS ON HIS FIRST SOLO FLIGHT. HE STATED THAT AFTER TOUCHDOWN ON HIS SECOND TOUCH-AND-GO, THE AIRPLANE VEERED LEFT. THE STUDENT SAID HE ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT THE SITUATION WITH RIGHT AILERON AND RUDDER, THEN HE APPLIED BRAKES; HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO VEER LEFT. IT THEN DEPARTED THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A SNOWBANK. THE WIND WAS REPORTED AS CALM; THE RUNWAY WAS 150 FEET WIDE. THE PILOT HAD 17 HOURS TOTAL TIME, ALL IN A CESSNA 152.

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

Failure of the student pilot to maintain directional control of the airplane after touchdown, which resulted in an inadvertent ground swerve and collision with a snowbank.

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