NTSB Identification: ATL92LA150.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47366.
Accident occurred Sunday, August 02, 1992 in OCRACOKE, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/29/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N3732K
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 OVERFLEW THE AIRPORT AND CHECKED THE WINDS. AFTER TOUCHDOWN ON RUNWAY 6, HE LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE, AND IT COLLIDED WITH A SAND DUNE. ALTHOUGH THE PILOT REPORTED WINDS TO BE FROM 060 DEGREES, AN FAA INSPECTOR REPORTED THAT CROSSWINDS PREVAILED AT THE TIME. THE PILOT REPORTED NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS WITH THE AIRPLANE. FURTHER INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE STUDENT PILOT DID NOT HAVE A CURRENT SOLO ENDORSEMENT ON HIS STUDENT CERTIFICATE, AND HE HAD LOGGED ONLY 2 HOURS OF FLIGHT TIME IN THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.

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

THE STUDENT PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING ROLL. FACTORS WERE THE PILOT'S LACK OF RECENT TOTAL EXPERIENCE, AND THE CROSSWIND CONDITIONS, AND THE DIRT BANK ADJACENT TO THE RUNWAY.

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