The student pilot was on final approach to the airport in Kelso, Wash., in a Cessna 152. When he reduced engine power, the plane developed a higher sink rate than expected.
It subsequently landed hard and bounced three to four times, collapsing the nose landing gear and substantially damaging the firewall.
The student pilot stated that he did not attempt to go around.
The NTSB determined the probable cause was the student pilot’s inadequate landing flare and lack of remedial actions, which resulted in a hard bounced landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA130
This February 2013 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.