Poor landing for student

This July 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: White Plains, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The accident happened at the end of a flight lesson. According to the CFI, the student pilot was flying the airplane. The landing approach was stable but low.

The CFI took control of the airplane, added power to avoid landing on the runway’s displaced threshold, and transferred control back to the student. The student reduced power abruptly, and the airplane’s nose dropped and hit the runway before the CFI could intervene. The CFI took the controls and did a go-around. Later inspection of the airplane revealed damage to the engine firewall.

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

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: ERA10CA398


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  1. 6thCents says

    Sounds like a very unstabilized situation! This CFI should probably have take the controls and performed the landing after the first problem…we always want to help :)

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