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Second Solo Flight Ends In Parking Lot

Florida Student Pilot Lost Control "For Unknown Reasons"

A 60-year-old student pilot reportedly lost control of the Cessna 172 shortly after takeoff from Tampa North Aero Park in Florida for his second solo flight and wound up hitting some cars in a nearby parking lot.


C-172 Skyhawk File Photo

FAA records indicate the pilot of the Skyhawk lost control "for unknown reasons" during the takeoff-climb phase of the flight. The pilot was not injured in the accident, but the aircraft was substantially damaged.

The 172 is registered to Helicopter Structural and Maintenance Inc of Lutz, FL DBA Tampa North Aero Services. Television station WFTS in Tampa reports that witnesses said the airplane seemed to skid off the runway on takeoff, and impacted two cars at a nearby business. There was reportedly no fire or fuel leakage from the accident.

IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 612CB        Make/Model: C172      Description: 172, P172, R172, Skyhawk, Hawk XP, Cutla
  Date: 10/28/2010     Time: 1805

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

LOCATION
  City: TAMPA   State: FL   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT IN TAKE-OFF/CLIMB PHASE; LOSS OF CONTROL FOR UNKNOWN
  CIRCUMSTANCES; IMPACTED VEHICLES; TAMPA, FL

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   1
                 # Pass:    0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   
                 # Grnd:          Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:   

WEATHER: NOT REPORTED

OTHER DATA
  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Climb      Operation: OTHER


  FAA FSDO: TAMPA, FL  (SO35)                     Entry date: 10/29/2010

FMI: www.faa.gov, www.ntsb.gov

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