NTSB Identification: CHI88LA049.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38145.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 16, 1988 in BUFFALO, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/29/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172L, registration: N7895G
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, WHO HAD NOT FLOWN FOR OVER 90 DAYS, WAS ON A SOLO AND DRIFTED INTO A SNOWBANK ON THE FIRST LANDING. THE STUDENT PILOT REPORTED A GUST OF WIND OCCURRED ON FINAL CAUSING ABOUT A 30 FOOT ALTITUDE CHANGE. ALTHOUGH THE TOUCHDOWN AND INITIAL ROLLOUT WERE NORMAL, THE STUDENT PILOT STATED THAT THE CROSSWIND WAS MORE THAN HE HAD EVER EXPERIENCED AND HE WAS NOT ABLE TO CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE AIRCRAFT AFTER IT STARTED TO DRIFT. AFTER GOING OFF THE RUNWAY INTO SNOW THE AIRCRAFT NOSED OVER. THE LOGBOOK OF THE STUDENT CONTAINED AN ENDORSEMENT BY AN INSTRUCTOR AUTHORIZING SOLO FLIGHT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:LACK OF RECENT EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:INADEQUATE RECURRENT TRAINING..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)
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