Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Montrose, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The airplane bounced upon touchdown. Instead of initiating a go-around, the pilot continued with the landing, believing that the airplane would settle to the runway without further incident. The airplane landed hard and bounced for a second time. The pilot responded with a small increase in engine power in an attempt to regain control, but the airplane continued to porpoise. The nosewheel was damaged and the airplane came to rest on the side of the runway in a nose-down attitude.
Probable cause: The pilot’s improper landing flare and inadequate recovery from a bounced landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA493
This July 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.