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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA169
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, February 03, 2017 in Bonifay, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N6318M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The solo student pilot reported that, during touchdown, the airplane encountered a crosswind and was “push[ed]” off the runway to the right into a ditch. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall and engine mount.
The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The student pilot reported that the wind was about 5 to 10 knots from a westerly direction. The nearest automated weather observation station, located 27 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported wind from 270° at 3 knots. The student pilot reported that he landed on runway 1.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing in crosswind conditions.