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NTSB Identification: CEN13CA450
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Mesquite, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/21/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N738RQ
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 student pilot stated that there was a mild crosswind on final approach. The crosswind "picked up" before the airplane touched down left of centerline. The pilot retracted the flaps and advanced the throttle to continue the touch-and-go. The airplane continued to drift to the left and the left main landing gear exited the runway onto the grass. The pilot closed the throttle and elected a straight path in the grass instead of risking an over-correction. The airplane came to a stop when the nose landing gear collapsed. The firewall sustained substantial damage.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot failed to¬†maintain directional control during the touch-and-go landing and during the subsequent aborted takeoff during¬†crosswind conditions.