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N43077 accident description

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Crash location 36.408056°N, 85.306111°W
Nearest city Livingston, TN
36.383396°N, 85.323022°W
1.9 miles away
Tail number N43077
Accident date 17 Feb 2013
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-140
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the student pilot, he was practicing touch and go landings. After successfully completing five landings, he noticed the wind increasing and decided to make one last landing. As the airplane landed on the runway, it was struck by a gust of wind, the airplane veered right, and the student pilot attempted to regain control by applying the brakes. He was unable to control the airplane, it struck a tree, turned 90 degrees to the right, and came to rest in a grassy area. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the firewall during the accident sequence. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. In addition, he reported the wind around the time of the accident was about 40 degrees from the left at 4 to 6 knots, gusting to 9 knots.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

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