Student loses it in crosswind

This May 2007 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: Cessna 152.
Location: Houston, Texas.
Injuries: 1 Minor.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The 42-hour student pilot was performing solo touch-and-go crosswind landings. On the fifth and final landing, the airplane swerved in the wind and went off the pavement. The nose landing gear fork fractured and the airplane nosed over, coming to rest in the inverted position.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing. The crosswind was a factor.

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