On January 12, 1995, at 1023 central standard time, a Cessna 172N, N6338D, operated by a student pilot on a solo instructional flight, veered off the side of the taxiway and collided with a snowbank at Grand Forks International Airport, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The student pilot reported no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight which was being operated under 14 CFR Part 91. No flight plan was filed.

The student reported the accident occurred while he was taxiing the airplane during his second solo flight. He stated he had practiced three or four takeoffs and landings with his instructor in the airplane. The instructor exited the airplane and he performed one takeoff and landing without incident. The student stated that while taxiing on the icy taxiway, a gust of wind caught the airplane's tail and swung it around. The airplane struck a snowbank and the wing and propeller impacted the ground.

The student stated that after he landed, he had made the decision not to takeoff again because the wind had increased quite a bit from the time he was flying with his instructor earlier.

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