The solo student pilot reported that he took off with the intent to remain in the airport traffic pattern in Ramona, Calif., and do touch and go takeoffs and landings.
During the landing on the second circuit, the Cessna 172 ballooned during the flare. When he continued to attempt the landing, the plane ballooned a second time and started to veer to the right.
Following a third balloon, as it veered to the right and touched down, he applied left brake and rudder.
The plane exited the runway to the left and hit a berm and a rock, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the student pilot’s inadequate flare and failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with terrain.
NTSB Identification: WPR14CA122
This February 2014 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.