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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234122
Last updated: 1 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP
Registration: N66046
C/n / msn: 172S9786
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Palm Beach County Park Airport (LNA/KLNA), West Palm Beach, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:West Palm Beach, FL (LNA)
Destination airport:West Palm Beach, FL (LNA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the flight instructor, after a normal preflight inspection and engine run-up, the student pilot taxied to the runway for takeoff and began the takeoff roll. Everything seemed normal as the airplane accelerated; however, as the airplane rotated, it started to yaw left. The instructor attempted to assist the student correct the left yaw by applying right rudder. He was unable to correct the left yaw, so he took over the flight controls and aborted the takeoff. The airplane bounced to the left and impacted a retention pond bank. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the airplane reported that the forward fuselage and firewall were buckled, that the nosewheel steerage linkage was broken, and that rust was noted on the fractured surfaces.

Probable Cause: The failure of the nosewheel steerage linkage during takeoff, which resulted in a loss of directional control and impact with an obstacle during an attempted aborted landing.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

18-Mar-2020 01:48 Geno Added
18-Mar-2020 13:41 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Sep-2020 16:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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