On Tuesday, February 14, 1995 about 1230 eastern standard time (est), a Cessna 152, N757SG, operated by Four Star Aviation and piloted by Robert E. Jenness, a student pilot, was substantially damaged during takeoff in Mount Snow, Vermont. The pilot received no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. There was a VFR flight plan for the flight being conducted under CFR 14 Part 91.

The student pilot stated he departed Lawrence, Massachusetts destined for Albany, New York as the first portion of his long cross country flight. The flight was conducted at 4500 feet. He encountered some clouds and climbed above them to 6500 feet. While above the clouds the student got lost. He sighted an airport and landed there. The student pilot stated, "...The landing was good and I was careful applying brakes because the runway was icy." After landing, he learned he was at Mount Snow and decided to continue on to Albany.

The student pilot stated, "...The (wind sock) still showed a crosswind but it was not constant. I taxied back to runway 19...I gave full throttle with no flaps and maintained full right aileron. My speed to the best of my recollection reached about 58 knots and then I became airborne. It was at this point that I went from heading straight to a abrupt move toward the left and I hit the (snow bank) on the left." At 1250 est the winds at Keene, New Hampshire were reported from 300 degrees at 12 knots gusting to 17 knots. Keene is about 14 miles East from Mount Snow.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector stated, "The aircraft came to rest inverted, on the left side of the runway, approximately 1,576 (feet) from the start of runway 19, tail in the snow, nose towards the runway." FAA Inspector reported the flaps were found extended 10 degrees.

The student pilot had about 35 hours of flight time. This was his third solo cross country flight.

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