Complacent student pilot bends plane

The student pilot reported that following a solo cross-country flight, during landing he became complacent, and did not compensate for the right crosswind.

The Piper PA24 exited the left side of the runway at the airport in Slaton, Texas, and crossed over the taxiway. The right main landing gear then collapsed. Subsequently, the right wing and the stabilator struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and the stabilator.

The student reported that the wind about the time of the accident was from 220° at 9 knots. The airplane landed on Runway 18.

The student reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The student pilot’s complacency, which led to his improper crosswind correction and subsequent failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and ground collision.

NTSB Identification: 99000

This February 2019 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

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