BFO96LA028
BFO96LA028

On December 2, 1995, at about 1000 eastern standard time, a Cessna 152, N89188, piloted by a student pilot on a solo instructional flight, sustained substantial damage when it departed the runway and struck a ditch during an aborted short field takeoff attempt at Stanton County Airport, in Stanton, Kentucky. The student pilot, the sole occupant, reported no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, no flight plan was filed. The flight operated under 14 CFR Part 91, and the accident occurred during an attempted takeoff.

The student pilot told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that he was practicing solo takeoffs and landings at Stanton, Kentucky. He stated that when he attempted his second takeoff (a short field takeoff), he lost directional control, and ran off the left side of the runway into a shallow ditch. The FAA inspector stated that the student pilot indicated that the accident was "...the result of his mistake... ." The registered owner/operator's recommendation as to how the accident could have been prevented was: "More training." The student pilot reported that he had 16.5 hours of total flight time, including 3.2 hours as pilot-in-command. A postaccident inspection of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector revealed no preimpact mechanical anomalies.

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