NTSB Identification: DFW06CA004.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 12, 2005 in Spring, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N94JA
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 13-hour student pilot lost directional control of the airplane during his initial solo flight while on his third touch-and-go landing on Runway 17R. The student pilot reported that right after touchdown, the airplane exited the left side of the runway, passed through a grass median, crossed parallel taxiway "foxtrot" and impacted a taxiway sign, coming to rest in the inverted position. In a telephone conversation with the NTSB investigator in charge (IIC) the student pilot added that the airplane "abnormally veered to the left" after touching down. The student pilot further stated that he retracted the flaps and added power for the go-around after the airplane started to veer left. He did not recall if he had applied brakes during the landing roll. Runway 17R is 7,008-feet long and 100-feet wide. The winds at the time of the accidents were from 050 degrees at 7 knots. Multiple attempts to obtain a completed Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2) from the pilot were unsuccessful.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control while landing.

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