NTSB Identification: CHI05CA115.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, May 10, 2005 in Plattsmouth, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/13/2005
Aircraft: Cessna 172H, registration: N4987R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane contacted the runway following a loss of control while landing. The student reported the accident occurred on his second solo flight. He stated that after takeoff he practiced maneuvers prior to flying to a near-by airport to practice takeoffs and landings. The pilot stated he flew over the runway to check the wind sock. He stated the winds were from 150 degrees at 5 knots, so he elected to land on runway 16. The pilot stated he made one uneventful landing. He stated that during the second landing, after the main gear touched down, the left main gear rose up off the runway. He stated this resulted in the propeller and the right wing contacting the runway. The airplane then settled back on the gear and the pilot taxied the airplane off of the runway. The closest weather reporting station was 12 nautical miles north of the accident airport, The reported winds were from 120 degrees at 10 knots gusting to 15 knots. The student pilot reported having a total of 29 hours of flight time.

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

The student pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind conditions which resulted in a loss of aircraft control. A factor associated with the accident was the gusting crosswind.

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