NTSB Identification: ATL96LA059.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 09, 1996 in ASHEVILLE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172K, registration: N79058
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot was taxiing for takeoff. Temperature at the airport was 16 degrees Fahrenheit. The pilot stated that as he was taxiing and was approaching the end of the taxiway, the right brake did not respond, when he attempted to stop. The aircraft went off the left side of the taxiway and down an embankment, then it encountered a ditch and nosed over. Examination of the brake revealed that there was water (ice) in the brake fluid, which prevented the brake from operating.

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

failure of the brake on the right main landing gear as a result of water (ice) in the brake fluid, which resulted in a loss of braking control.

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