NTSB Identification: WPR10CA019
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 17, 2009 in Honolulu, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/03/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N5329L
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 student pilot reported that the cabin window opened during the takeoff roll. He reached over to close the window and a few seconds later the airplane rotated and banked to the left. He attempted to regain control of the airplane, but it collided with the runway surface, causing substantial damage to the firewall and both wings. The flight was to be the pilot's first solo cross-country flight; he reported 55 hours of total flight time, 1 hour of which was as pilot-in-command. Right gusting crosswinds existed at the time of the accident.

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

The student pilot's distraction and subsequent loss of airplane control after the cabin window opened during the takeoff roll.

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