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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA028
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 18, 2018 in Hastings, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/05/2019
Aircraft: Piper PA28, registration: N41390
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 flight instructor reported that, while observing the solo student pilot's flight from the ground, the approach looked good, but the airplane might have been fast. As the airplane flared, he noticed the right wing "kind of pop up" just before touchdown. Subsequently, the airplane landed sideways and exited the left side of the runway.
The instructor added that the student was unsure of what happened but reported that he had just lost control.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.
The instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in the airplane landing sideways and a subsequent runway excursion.