Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Westminister, Md. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on the 1,840-foot runway. The plane’s airspeed was higher than recommended for a short-field landing.
The airplane touched down, bounced, and floated, touched down and bounced again. After a third touchdown the pilot initiated a go-around.
He returned to his airport of origin, and post-flight examinations revealed damage to one propeller blade and substantial damage to the engine firewall.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in a loss of airplane control. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s improper approach airspeed for a short-field landing.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA516
This September 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.