Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2009 Issue

January 1, 2009, Lancaster, N.Y., Cessna 172SP

The student pilot was conducting his first solo flight and had performed two uneventful stop and go landings. As the airplane accelerated during the third takeoff, it veered to the left. He applied right rudder; however, the airplane contacted a snow bank and nosed over, substantially damaging the airplane. The winds were calm and the ailerons were in a neutral position during the takeoff. He did not report any mechanical failures or malfunctions

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