Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: None. Location: McKinney, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot reported that windy conditions existed during the flight, but the wind was not a crosswind during landing. However, the airplane touched down hard on the nosewheel, bounced, and then settled onto the runway.
Post-accident examination revealed that the nosewheel landing gear and propeller were bent, and the firewall sustained substantial damage.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate flare, which resulted in a hard nosewheel landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA090
This December 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.