High flare, bad bounce

Aircraft: Grumman American. Injuries: None. Location: Furnace Creek, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot told investigators that he was attempting to land and he flared too high. The airplane landed hard and bounced.

The pilot added power during the bounce to do a go-around, then changed his mind and decided to abort the go-around.

The airplane then went off the left side of the runway. The nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane nosed over.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare, inadequate recovery from a bounced landing, and loss of directional control.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA061

This December 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

    Doesn’t state that there was a two mile length runway in F. Creek, CA….once you punch the throttle there you commit to ‘repeat’ the landing..

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