This September 2008 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.
Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Brunswick, Ga. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot departed from the airport and was performing three supervised solo takeoffs and landings. The first two went well, but on the third the nosewheel hit the runway, damaging the firewall, and the airplane “bounced” several more times. Subsequently, the student pilot landed the airplane on the runway and came to a stop. The student pilot’s CFI witnessed the entire event and stated that, “he did not flare and then oscillated down the runway.”
Probable cause: The student pilot’s improper flare while landing.
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