NTSB Identification: SEA06CA187.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 22, 2006 in Naples, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/26/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 172S, registration: N320CP
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.
In a written statement the student pilot reported that he had completed a practice landing and was applying power in preparation for another takeoff when the aircraft encountered a "wind gust" from the right. The pilot reported that he applied corrective actions, rudder and aileron, however, the airplane veered off the runway and collided with a ditch. At the time of the accident the pilot's total flight time was 19.7 hours. The pilot's first solo flight was on September 21, 2006. The 1323 METAR observation at Naples was, in part, wind from 140 degrees at 8 knots, visibility unrestricted at 10 statute miles.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The student pilot's failure to adequately compensate for wind conditions during the landing roll. A drainage ditch and wind were contributing factors. Full narrative available
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