Hard landing bends Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 177. Injuries: None. Location: Columbia, S.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, he flew a normal approach, but during the landing flare, the airplane encountered a gust of wind.

It came down hard and bounced. The pilot heard a “clunk!” noise, and the airplane bounced a second time before coming to a stop.

The post-accident examination revealed substantial damage to the fuselage.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

NTSB Identification: ERA11CA223

This April 2011 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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