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N2143X accident description

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Crash location 42.000000°N, 71.195833°W
Nearest city Mansfield, MA
42.016766°N, 71.216162°W
1.6 miles away
Tail number N2143X
Accident date 15 Feb 2014
Aircraft type Cessna 172S
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the student pilot, during the solo flight while on final approach, he thought the airplane was on glidepath, but realized after the accident that the airplane was "low." Subsequently, the right main landing gear struck a snowbank at the end of the runway, which resulted in the right main landing gear being bent aft. The student pilot proceeded to land the airplane; however, upon landing it veered off the right side of the runway into another snowbank. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the firewall. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's failure to maintain an adequate approach glide path, which resulted in a collision with a snow bank.

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