Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cessna 152, US Aviation Group LLC, N4702P: Accident occurred July 27, 2016 at Denton Enterprise Airport (KDTO), Denton, Texas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA398
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Denton, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N4702P
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 his third supervised solo landing, the airplane touched down hard in a level attitude and bounced. The student pilot further reported that the airplane bounced three times and the nose wheel collapsed.

A post-accident examination by a mechanic, revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The student pilot's instructor reported that from the airport control tower he observed the student pilot touch down fast, bounce the airplane three times, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The student pilot reported that there were no pre impact 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 approach descent rate and landing flare attitude, which resulted in a hard landing and collapse of the nose landing gear.

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