The student pilot was conducting solo touch-and-go landings and takeoffs at the airport in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
During the landing roll of the eighth touch-and-go landing, he retracted the flaps to 0° and applied full engine power for takeoff.
The Cessna 152 began drifting “hard” to the left and he applied right rudder, however, the plane departed the left side of the runway, hit a runway marker, and came to rest in a nose down attitude.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.
The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a runway marker.
“Touch and goes” seem efficient but do they build useful habits for real flying? (and 7-8 in a session?) Distraction during a “rolling clean-up” obviously caught this pilot (and power application without right rudder took it into the weeds). Was this student ready to fly solo?
This April 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.