The student pilot was making an approach to the airport at Newcastle, Wyo., in a Cessna 172. When the airplane was about 20 feet above ground level and about 15 feet short of the approach end of the runway, it began to sink.
The airplane came down hard off the runway surface. The nosewheel dug in and the airplane flipped onto its back, resulting in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.
The pilot was not injured.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the student pilot’s failure to attain the proper touchdown point, which resulted in an undershoot of the runway.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA225
This May 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.