NTSB Identification: NYC05FA086.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 22, 2005 in Edinburg, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2006
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140, registration: N217AW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was en route to the destination airport to take his private pilot practical examination. Witnesses observed the airplane flying level, and then "appear to turn around" just prior to entering a nose-down attitude, and impacting terrain. Examination of the airplane revealed no mechanical deficiencies. The pilot had accumulated 51 hours of total flight experience in the 7 months prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control.

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