NTSB Identification: FTW01LA123.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 29, 2001 in Pleasanton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N64776
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The student pilot flew a normal traffic pattern for runway 16. The Unicom reported that the winds were variable at 4 knots; and while on final approach, the pilot verified that there was no crosswind by looking at the windsock. Upon touchdown, a "crosswind gust from 070 degrees began pushing [the] airplane to the right." Subsequently, the airplane exited the runway and came to rest in a ditch. The pilot had accumulated 39.2 flight hours and this was his first solo flight.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing flare/touchdown. Contributory factors were the gusty wind and the student pilot's lack of total flight experience. Full narrative available
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