Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, American Flight Academy / International Aviation LLC, N250YA: Accident occurred January 31, 2016 at Hartford-Brainard Airport (KHFD), Hartford, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Factual Report / National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

American Flight Academy / International Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N250YA

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA099
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 23, 2016 in Hartford, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA38, registration: N250YA
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The solo student pilot reported that, during the initial landing, the airplane bounced. During a subsequent touchdown, the nose gear impacted the runway with a side load, and the nose gear collapsed. The airplane slid to a stop in a nose-down attitude on the runway. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The student pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced hard landing.


The solo student pilot reported that during the initial landing, the airplane bounced. During a subsequent touchdown, the nose gear impacted the runway with a side load and the nose gear collapsed. The airplane slid to a stop in a nose down attitude on the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The student pilot reported there were no pre impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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