NTSB Identification: LAX02LA092.
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Accident occurred Friday, February 22, 2002 in Santa Paula, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 172S, registration: N327ME
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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The student pilot landed long, overran the runway's end, and collided with a block wall. The uncontrolled airport was equipped with several windsocks and a free-swinging tetrahedron. However, the student failed to correctly interpret the prevailing wind direction indicators and landed with a 10- to 15-knot tailwind. He was unable to stop before overrunning the runway's end.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's selection of the wrong landing runway due to his failure to correctly interpret wind indicators, which resulted in his landing with a tailwind.
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