Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, UND Aerospace Foundation, N509ND; accident occurred May 02, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona -Kathryn's Report

UND AEROSPACE FOUNDATION:   http://registry.faa.gov/N509ND

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA219
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 02, 2016 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N509ND
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 student pilot reported that during landing the airplane porpoised, subsequently he attempted to abort the landing, but the airplane touched down again, which resulted in a collapsed nose gear, runway excursion, and an impact with terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. 

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 an abnormal runway contact, porpoise, nose gear collapse, runway excursion, and impact with terrain.

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