On February 16, 1999, approximately 1555 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172N, N734BE, operated by Great Western Aviation of West Jordan, Utah, was substantially damaged when it departed the side of the runway and nosed over during landing roll at Salt Lake City Municipal 2 Airport, West Jordan, Utah. The private pilot, the sole occupant aboard, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight being conducted under Title 14 CFR Part 91, and no flight plan was filed.

According to the pilot, he had successfully completed three full stop landings on runway 16. During his fourth landing, he was attempting to perform a touch and go. As he was preparing for takeoff, he "lost control" of the aircraft. The airplane departed the left side of the runway and nosed over. The aircraft came to rest approximately 150 to 200 feet from the side of the runway. The aircraft sustained substantial damage to both wings and the vertical stabilizer.

The wind, recorded one minute after the accident at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), was from 340 degrees at 6 knots. SLC is the closest weather reporting facility, and is located 11 miles north of Salt Lake City Municipal 2 Airport (U42). The pilot reported that the wind at U42 was from 260 degrees at 5 knots.

At the time of the accident, the pilot had flown two hours in the past 90 days, and had accumulated a total of two hours in the make and model of the accident aircraft.

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