NTSB Identification: LAX00LA056.
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Accident occurred Sunday, December 26, 1999 in OXNARD, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/14/2001
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N8395V
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 aircraft veered off the runway while landing in a crosswind and collided with an airport sign and a berm. The pilot was on her first unsupervised solo flight in a tail wheel airplane. She had just completed over 7 hours of flight instruction in the accident airplane. The pilot had departed runway 7 and was going to practice touch and go's. The flight instructor, who witnessed the accident, said her approach to landing appeared very normal and the level off and flare to touchdown appeared normal. Upon touchdown and rollout, the flight instructor noticed the airplane's right wing rise and it appeared the pilot performed corrective inputs to lower it. He said he then noticed the airplane turn slightly to the right and watched the right wing rise again, followed immediately by the airplane veering sharply to the left. The pilot said she noticed the windsock as she exited the airplane and it showed the wind was 90 degrees to the runway from approximately 160 degrees.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for the variable crosswind condition and subsequent failure to maintain directional control of the airplane.

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