Bad bounce for student

Aircraft: Cirrus SR20. Injuries: None. Location: Englewood, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was attempting to land. The airplane touched down on the main landing gear, bouncing several times before going off the runway. The airplane went across the grass, and down a hill before coming to rest next to a fence.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper flare, which resulted in a bounced landing from which he was unable to recover.

NTSB Identification: CEN12CA011

This October 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.


  1. RudyH says

    Well, at least the Chute Recov System is prob still intact in the upper fuselage…..never could have used it in this flight ‘mode’ anyway…. 😉

  2. Richard says

    We never did full stall landings with the DC-3’s I flew on the airline many years ago. I always do full stall landings in light planes unless conditions dictate a wheel landing. Of course, all landings should be either on 2 or 3 wheels. LOL

  3. vaughn S. Price says

    Do a full stall landing and the chance of bouncing nears zero, you should loose all lift from the top of your wing and replace it with compressed air under the wing in a nose high stall three point landing, nose wheel or tail wheel. The only airplane I have rolled on lately is the DC-3. I had to because with no passengers in the cabin It would not achieve a full stall landing

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