NTSB Identification: LAX01LA137.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 02, 2001 in Long Beach, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/03/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172S, registration: N669SP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot landed hard, veered to the right of the runway, and stuck a taxiway sign with the lower portion of the left wing strut. The pilot, on his fifth solo flight, had been approved by his flight instructor to practice landing-pattern work. Winds at the time of the accident were from 160 degrees at 9 knots.

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

The student pilot's inadequate compensation for the exisiting crosswind and his improper landing flare that resulted in a hard landing, and loss of directional control during the landing roll.

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