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N54500 accident description

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Crash location 35.873056°N, 86.373056°W
Nearest city Murfreesboro, TN
35.845621°N, 86.390270°W
2.1 miles away
Tail number N54500
Accident date 13 Dec 2012
Aircraft type Cessna 172P
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot stated that during the practice soft field takeoff, he pulled the yoke back and applied full power. The airplane veered left and skidded off the runway where the propeller struck a concrete culvert. The skid continued across the grass and the airplane came to rest in a drainage area. A post-accident examination conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the wings, firewall, and fuselage. The student pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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