NTSB Identification: WPR12LA272
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Jackson, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N524CC
Injuries: 1 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 student pilot reported that as the nose wheel landing gear touched down after a normal landing, the airplane suddenly veered to the left. When the student pilot applied control inputs to correct the veer, the airplane swerved “extremely fast” to the right and exited the right side of the runway. Subsequently, the airplane traveled down an embankment and nosed over. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that both the left and right nose landing gear rod end bearings were fractured. Metallurgical analysis of the rod end bearing fracture surfaces indicated that they exhibited features consistent with overload failures in an aft direction; however, investigators were unable to determine if the overload failures occurred as a result of a hard landing or during the runway excursion.

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, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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