NTSB Identification: IAD00LA068.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 29, 2000 in PRINCETON, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/28/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N65827
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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The student pilot departed on a solo instructional flight and was on his third approach to the runway. The airplane approached the runway in a nose-high attitude, and struck the tailskid on the ground. The student pilot applied engine power to abort the landing and the airplane veered left and struck the left wing on the ground. Witnesses said the airplane 'cartwheeled' and came to rest facing opposite the direction of travel. The student pilot logged 42 hours of total flight experience. He said there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane. According to FAA Advisory Circular AC-61-23C, Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge: 'The effect of torque increases in direct proportion to engine power, airspeed, and airplane attitude. If the power setting is high, the airspeed slow, and the angle of attack high, the effect of torque is greater. During takeoffs and climbs, when the effect of torque is most pronounced, the pilot must apply sufficient right rudder pressure to counteract the left-turning tendency and maintain a straight takeoff path.'

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

the student pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during the aborted landing.

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