Failure to go around leads to crash

This May 2007 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.

Aircraft: Cessna 182.
Location: Harvard, Ill.
Injuries: None.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land. He told investigators that the airplane touched down hard and bounced back into the air. Instead of applying power to do a go-around, he allowed the airplane to come down again. The nose gear collapsed. The airplane skidded to a stop.

Probable cause: The pilot’s misjudged flare and improper recovery from a bounced landing, which caused the nose gear to collapse.

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