Second solo, first mishap

Aircraft: Cessna 152. Injuries: None. Location: Miami, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The student pilot had logged 29 hours, including two hours of solo flight time. The accident happened on his second solo flight.

He reported that he felt the wind shift to a light tailwind just prior to landing on runway 27L. When the airplane touched down it bounced and became airborne again. It then came down hard, and the nose gear collapsed.

The wind reported at the airport about the time of the accident was from 160° at 7 knots.

Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper flare and recovery from a bounced landing.

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA178

This February 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.



  1. Tom says

    He landed downwind in a trainer,
    Not seasoned – set up for a fall,
    Sleep apnea wasn’t a factor,
    And 3rd class medical didn’t help him at all.

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