Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2002 Issue

February 22, Santa Paula, Calif. / Cessna Skyhawk

At about 1330 Pacific time, a Cessna 172S struck a block wall during landing rollout at Santa Paula Airport. The student pilot suffered minor injuries. The 130-hour pilot was making a supervised solo cross country flight and reported he had landed at the airport more than 15 times. He said he determined the wind favored runway 22, but overran the runway and struck the building. A witness, a banner tow pilot, said the wind was from 040 at 10 to 15 knots and other traffic was using runway 4. He added that the accident airplane floated 2/3rds of the way down the runway, bounced off the nosewheel, floated some more and then landed near the end of the runway. Tire skid marks started 539 feet befo...

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