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N220ND accident description

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Crash location 47.959722°N, 97.182500°W
Nearest city Grand Forks, ND
47.881646°N, 97.056468°W
7.9 miles away
Tail number N220ND
Accident date 29 May 2008
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-161
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot completed a solo cross country flight and was landing at the destination airport when the airplane began to yaw "abruptly" to the left during roll out on runway 17 (3,900 feet by 75 feet, dry concrete). The winds were from 140 at 13 knots. The student pilot then attempted an aborted landing, but the airplane veered off the left side of the runway and impacted terrain. Substantial damage to the airplane included: buckled right wing spars, bent firewall, fuselage damage below the left windshield and side window, buckled empennage, and bent horizontal stabilizer.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's failure to maintained directional control during the aborted landing. Contributing to the accident was the student pilot's total lack of experience in the type of airplane.

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