NTSB Identification: CEN12CA099
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 03, 2011 in Wauseon, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/27/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N737ET
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 during the sixth landing on his initial solo flight. He reported experiencing a shifting wind at the time of the accident. The airplane departed the runway pavement and encountered a ditch, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot commented that he might have used the wrong rudder pedal in his attempt to maintain directional control. He stated that there were no failures or malfunctions associated with the airplane prior the accident. The local wind was recorded at 6 knots or less during the 2-hour period surrounding the time of the accident.

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

The student pilot's loss of directional control during landing.

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