NTSB Identification: ATL92LA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45975.
Accident occurred Thursday, February 27, 1992 in KNIGHTDALE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N5488M
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 PERFORMED THREE CROSSWIND LANDINGS, THEN PROCEEDED TO THE NORTHEAST TO PRACTICE AIRWORK. HE THEN RETURNED TO THE TRAFFIC PATTERN, AND SET UP FOR A SOFT FIELD LANDING. THE FLARE AND TOUCHDOWN WERE UNEVENTFUL. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE AIPLANE DRIFTED TO THE LEFT, AND THE PILOT' S CONTROL INPUTS WERE NOT SUFFICIENT TO PREVENT THE AIRPLANE FROM DEPARTING THE RUNWAY SURFACE. THE AIRCRAFT BOGGED DOWN IN SOFT MUD, THE NOSE WHEEL COLLAPSED, AND THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS FOUND DURING A POSTACCIDENT INSPECTION OF THE AIRPLANE.

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

THE STUDENT PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE DURING THE LANDING ROLL. FACTOR(S) IN THIS ACCIDENT WERE: THE CROSSWIND CONDITIONS PREVAILING AT THE AIRPORT, AND THE SOFT, MUDDY TERRAIN CONDITIONS ADJACENT TO THE RUNWAY.

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