NTSB Identification: LAX96LA123.
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Accident occurred Thursday, February 29, 1996 in VAN NUYS, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1996
Aircraft: Cessna U206, registration: N2132F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings. During the first landing, she landed on the main landing gear with the control yoke full back. Reportedly, she released pressure on the yoke, the nose dropped, and the nose gear collapsed. The nose cowling contacted the runway, and the propeller was bent. The airplane then veered left off the runway after the left main landing gear contacted the runway shoulder. After the accident, the nose tire was found flat, and the nose wheel was broken. Evidence of corrosion was noted on the fractured wheel. However, a metallurgical examination of the broken wheel indicated that it had failed from overload.

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

the pilot's improper use of the elevator control, while landing.

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