Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: Miami, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: A flight instructor was attempting to demonstrate short field landing technique to a student pilot.
About 50 feet over the runway, at an airspeed of 60 knots, with flaps fully deployed, the CFI reduced the throttle to idle and pitched the nose down to “increase airspeed” and flare the airplane.
Immediately after reducing the engine power to idle, the airplane “sunk,” and the CFI responded with a full throttle application.
However, the airplane was too close to the ground and the engine did not respond in time to prevent a hard landing.
Probable cause: The CFI’s improper power management during a steep, obstacle-clearance approach, which resulted in a hard landing.
NTSB Identification: ERA13CA044
This October 2012 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.