NTSB Identification: LAX96LA332.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 10, 1996 in LANCASTER, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N4308F
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot was on his second supervised solo, performing a touch-and-go landing. He landed right of the runway centerline and corrected his alignment during the landing roll. He then added power, and the airplane veered left. The student attempted to correct back to the centerline, but the airplane started to skid, and it departed the runway. It then encountered soft terrain, and the nose gear collapsed. No pre-accident failure or malfunction of the airplane was reported. The wind was reported to be calm.

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

failure of the student pilot to maintain direction control of the airplane, which resulted in an inadvertent ground swerve and subsequent collapse of the nose gear, during an encountered with soft terrain.

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