The student pilot reported that, during a solo flight, as he flared for landing, the Cessna 172 “hit” the runway hard.
He added that, the airplane porpoised about seven or eight times before settling on the runway at the airport in New Bedford, Mass.
He then taxied the airplane to the parking ramp with no further incident.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.
The chief flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain a proper landing flare, which resulted in a porpoised landing.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA199
This March 2018 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.