NTSB Identification: CEN09LA231
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 28, 2009 in Hazen, ND
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA R172K, registration: N736CL
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he took off from an airport where there was snow, water, and slush on the taxiways. He landed at another airport for fuel and then departed for his destination. He said that the approach to the destination airport was normal, the touchdown was near the south approach end of the runway, and the rollout started near center of runway. After touchdown, he applied brakes, the airplane veered to the left, and the left main wheel departed the runway surface. The pilot was unable to bring the left wheel back on the runway and was unable to stop. As the airplane slowed, the left wheel entered a snowbank, and nosed over. The pilot said that the aircraft acted like the right brake did not operate properly and suspected it may have frozen since his departure was from the airport with the snow, water, and slush. The accident airplane was subsequently examined and no anomalies with the braking system were detected.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during the landing roll.

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