The student pilot reported that during his first solo flight in the pattern at the airport in Akron, Colorado, he aborted the first landing because he was uncomfortable with the Cirrus SR20’s runway alignment.
During the subsequent approach, the airplane was crabbed slightly to the right.
He recalled that just before the airplane touched down, he applied left rudder and the airplane bounced. The airplane departed the left side of the runway and hit a drainage culvert and nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.
The student reported that the wind at the time of the accident was reported as calm.
The student pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with a drainage culvert.
This March 2019 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.