LAX98LA018
LAX98LA018

On October 23, 1997, at 1132 hours Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 152, N89257, was substantially damaged when it departed runway 29R and nosed over during a touch-and-go landing at Zamperini Airport, Torrance, California. There were no injuries to the solo student pilot or ground personnel, and no damage to ground facilities. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot stated that a sudden gust of wind just prior to becoming airborne caused the airplane to veer to the left, after which he lost directional control and departed the runway laterally into soft dirt. He also stated that there was no malfunction of the aircraft or its engine.

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