NTSB Identification: CHI01LA311.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 09, 2001 in South St. Paul, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/24/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 150M, registration: N6142K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The airplane sustained substantial damage during takeoff when it settled back to the runway and veered off the left side of the runway. The solo student pilot was intending to practice takeoffs and landings. The pilot reported he initiated the takeoff. After normal lift off and climb to approximately 20 feet AGL, the aircraft drifted to the left and struck the ground at the left edge of the runway. The aircraft ran off of the runway onto the grass paralleling the runway until the nose landing gear folded and the aircraft stopped. The pilot reported there were no problems with the flight controls or aircraft The inspection of the airplane revealed no airworthiness issues. The student pilot had a total of 18 flight hours.

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

The student pilot failed to maintain directional control. A factor was his lack of total flight experience.

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