Thursday, March 24, 2016

Cessna 152, N918U, Griffith Aviation Inc: Accident occurred March 23, 2016 in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana


FAA Flight Standards District Offices: FAA South Bend FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA159
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Valparaiso, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N918U
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 landing flare the airplane ballooned, and upon touchdown the nose gear touched down first. He further reported that the airplane porpoised. Subsequently, the nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded to a stop on the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall.

According to the student pilot 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 failure to maintain pitch control during the landing flare, which resulted in a porpoise and substantial damage to the firewall.

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