Bad bounce for Cessna

Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Honolulu, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on a solo flight. During the approach to land, the plane touched down hard and bounced twice.

The pilot neutralized the flight controls to stop the bouncing.

When directed by the tower air traffic controller to go-around, he applied full power, turned off the carburetor heat, and raised the flaps. As the nosewheel came off of the ground, the plane veered to the left, going off the runway and into a runway sign.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper landing flare and inadequate directional control while performing an aborted landing.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA082

This January 2012 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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