NTSB Identification: CEN10CA062
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 02, 2009 in Mt. Comfort, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N6036Y
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 student pilot reported that the airplane touched down smoothly on the main gear. He reported that as the nose gear settled, the airplane began to drift to the right. He stated that he applied left rudder, but it was ineffective as the airplane was on the nose and right main landing gears. The airplane traveled off the right side of runway 25 onto the grass. The pilot subsequently taxied the airplane back to the ramp. Post accident inspection of the airplane revealed the firewall was dented. Local winds were reported as being from 040 degrees at 3 knots.

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 while touching down during the landing.

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