NTSB Identification: LAX00LA149.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2000 in FRESNO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/06/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-38-112, registration: N2500T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot was on his third solo flight, his first unsupervised. After applying power for a short field takeoff, the student aborted and the airplane began to veer to the left side of the runway. A runway light was hit as the airplane moved into the unpaved area adjacent to the airstrip. In order to decelerate the airplane, the student pulled back on the controls, but the airplane floated before settling again. The airplane continued through the unpaved area and impacted on the taxiway surface where the nose gear collapsed. The short field takeoffs were requested by the instructor prior to the flight. The student's logbooks indicate that he received instruction in short field takeoff procedures on April 8 and 10, 2000.

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

The student pilot's loss of directional control on takeoff that resulted in a collision with a taxiway surface.

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