Pilot loses control on landing

This April 2010 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 172. Injuries: None. Location: Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot was practicing landings at his home airport. The airplane touched down on the runway and veered left, going off the side of the runway, colliding with the 3,000 foot sign before coming to a stop. No problems were noted with the brakes or steering systems of the airplane.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control on the landing rollout.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: ERA10CA244



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