NTSB Identification: SEA04LA044.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, February 24, 2004 in Laurel, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/02/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-20, registration: N7321K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot reported that after completing some flight training with his instructor, he then prepared for his first solo flight to accomplish touch-and-go landings. The student stated that the first landing was without incident. During the second landing, the student reported that it was "rough" and he "powered then brought it in again." The landing was soft but the aircraft was sideways to runway heading. The student then reached down to release the flaps and, "As I did I began to wander." The student stated that he only meant to "touch the brakes, but apparently I applied too much." The aircraft then nosed over and came to rest inverted. Post accident inspection of the wheels and brakes found no evidence of a mechanical failure or malfunction.

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

The student pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the landing roll. Inadequate remedial action was a factor.

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