NTSB Identification: CEN11CA257
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 01, 2011 in San Antonio, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/11/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172K, registration: N79286
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 lost directional control of the airplane while landing in gusty wind conditions. The airplane bounced, and touched back down in the grass alongside of the runway, before the left wing impacted a tree. The airplaneā€™s wings and fuselage sustained substantial damage. The closest weather reporting station was located 15 nautical miles to the southeast of the accident site. Twenty minutes before the accident, the reported wind was from 190 degrees at 12 knots, gusting to 18 knots. The student pilot further reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

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

The student pilot's inadequate compensation for wind while landing in gusty wind conditions.

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