Tailwind landing bends Cessna

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 152. Injuries: None. Location: Hearne, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot, who was at the end of a solo cross-country flight, was attempting to land with a right quartering tailwind.

The first two attempts resulted in go-arounds. On the third attempt he touched down nosewheel first. The airplane began to bounce. The nose gear collapsed and the plane came to rest upright and in a nose-low position. The firewall was bent.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s decision to land with a quartering tailwind and his improper flare and recovery from a bounced landing.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: NTSB Identification: CEN10CA137



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