Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Grand Forks, N.D. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing landings with his flight instructor. The airplane touched down right of the runway centerline and began to bounce.
The student attempted to realign the airplane with the centerline. The bouncing continued with an escalating intensity.
The instructor took the controls with the intention of aborting the landing, but before he could establish a climb the airplane experienced an additional hard landing. The firewall was substantially buckled.
Probable cause: The CFI’s delayed remedial action to the student pilot’s bounced landing and subsequent loss of aircraft control.
NTSB Identification: CEN11LA386
This June 2011 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.