The student pilot was performing touch-and-go landings at the airport in Peyton, Colorado.
During the landing roll, he intended to retract the flaps, but accidentally extended the flaps further.
While correcting the flap setting, he transferred his attention inside the cockpit and the Cessna 150 veered to the left.
He pulled the throttle back before the airplane departed the side of the runway. The airplane’s nose wheel collapsed, and the airplane came to rest in the grass resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage.
An examination of the airplane did not reveal any flight control anomalies.
Probable Cause: The student pilot did not maintain directional control of the airplane while landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s diverted attention to the incorrect flap setting.
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This December 2020 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.