NTSB Identification: CHI06CA189.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 13, 2006 in Waterford, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 172R, registration: N918TA
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 was operated as an instructional flight when it veered off the runway during landing and nosed over in a grass area adjacent to the runway. The airplane was piloted by a student pilot during a student solo flight. The student pilot and his certified flight instructor performed several landings on runway 27L before the student pilot departed on the solo flight. The student pilot departed from runway 27R and performed a go-around on his first landing attempt on runway 27R; reportedly because, he could not "get the plane on centerline" and the presence of a "slight" crosswind. The student pilot completed the go-around and attempted again to land on runway 27R. During the level off, the student pilot stated that he held left aileron control into the wind and noted that the nose was yawed to the left. The airplane touched down with a "crab," veered off the runway, and nosed over.

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

The directional control not obtained/maintained, the inadequate compensation for wind conditions, and the go-around not performed during landing by the pilot. An additional cause was the lack of experience by the pilot. A contributing factor was the crosswind.

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