Thursday, June 02, 2016

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, Liberty University School of Aeronautics, N1724U: Accident occurred May 19, 2016 in Newport News, Virginia

Liberty University, School of Aeronautics:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA268
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 19, 2016 in Newport News, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N1724U
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.

Following an instructional pattern flight of about 2 hours, the solo student pilot took off and remained in the traffic pattern. During the first landing touchdown, the student pilot reported that he landed in a flat pitch attitude and the nose wheel tire blew. Subsequently, the airplane started to porpoise and the propeller struck the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall. 

The student pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane 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 incorrect pitch control during the landing flare, which resulted in abnormal runway contact and a substantially damaged firewall.

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