NTSB Identification: NYC01LA200.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 27, 2001 in West Milford, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180, registration: N4915L
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot entered the traffic pattern for runway 6, a 4,000 foot-long, 60 foot-wide, asphalt runway. During the landing flare a gust of wind pushed the airplane to the left and the airplane touched down on the left side of the runway. The airplane then veered off the left side of the runway and began to impact quarry stone and brush. The pilot did not report any mechanical problems with the airplane. The pilot reported 96 hours of total flight experience, which included 52 hours in the make and model of the accident airplane. Winds reported at an airport about 15 miles west-northwest of the accident site, about 30 minutes prior to the accident, were from 300 degrees at 10 knots, with 15 knot gusts. The reported winds at the same airport, about 30 minutes after the accident, were variable at 6 knots.

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

The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control while landing. Factor’s in this accident were a wind gust and the rocks located off the left side of the runway.

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