Hard landing dents 172

During the student pilot’s first approach for landing at the airport in Santa Barbara, Calif., she felt she was too high and did a go-around. On the second approach the Cessna 172S landed hard, and the propeller struck the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airframe revealed a damaged propeller, and substantial damage to the firewall and fuselage floor.

The pilot was not injured.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident as the pilot’s inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

NTSB Identification: WPR13CA332

This July 2013 accident report is are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.