Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Millville, N.J. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, who was on a flight with two pilot-rated passengers, was practicing a no-flap landing. During the landing he flared the airplane about half-way down the runway. The plane bounced, then pitched up and drifted to the left. The tail tie-down hit the runway.
The pilot relinquished the controls to the pilot-rated passenger in the right front. That pilot lowered the pitch, and added full power to perform a go-around. During the go-around the plane continued to the left, hitting an airport sign. The passenger was able to land the plane.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control during the go-around.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA236
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.