November 2, 2011, Frederick, Md., Cessna 172R Skyhawk


The student pilot experienced a loss of control during landing at about 1715 Eastern time. Visual conditions prevailed and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The solo student pilot was not injured.

During landing practice at a different airport, the student noticed a “slight shudder…during the landing roll.” Upon touching down at the accident airport, he felt a shudder in the wheels and a pull to the left. He attempted to keep the airplane aligned with the runway but the airplane departed the left side of the runway, coming to rest with its nose pitched into the ground.


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