The solo student pilot was attempting to land the Cessna 172 on the runway in Grand Forks, N.D. His first approach was too fast, so he performed a go-around.
During the second attempted landing, the plane landed hard and bounced. The student initiated a second go-around and pitched the nose up 10° to 15°.
During the climb, the plane rolled left, stalled, then hit the ground.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the student pilot’s inadequate recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall during the go-around.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA348
This June 2015 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.