Bad landing for student pilot

This March 2010 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 172. Injuries: None. Location: Ft. Pierce, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: A student pilot was practicing touch and goes with a CFI on board. According to the CFI, during the flare the student pilot pulled excessive back pressure on the elevator flight control and the airplane ballooned.

The plane came down hard on the main landing gear. The CFI took over the controls, did a go-around, and landed on another runway. The airplane received substantial damage to the rudder torque tube.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper flare and the flight instructor’s delayed remedial action, resulting in a hard landing.

For more information: NTSB Identification: ERA10CA208


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