On April 16, 1994, at 1545 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Cessna 172L, N3854Q, ran off the end of the runway and nosed over at Colville Municipal Airport, Colville, Washington. The student pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, but the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The initial cross-country solo flight, which departed Spokane International Airport, Spokane, Washington, at 1430 PDT, was operating in visual meteorological conditions at the time of the accident. The flight had been on a VFR flight plan, and there was no report of an ELT activation.

According to the student pilot, he landed fast and long, and was unable to get the aircraft stopped before it exited the end of the runway. After exiting the runway, the aircraft went over a 15 foot drop-off and nosed over.

The student pilot also reported that, prior to this flight, he had only flown 4.7 hours in the last ninety days.

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