Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, Skymates Inc., N544SP: Accident occurred August 09, 2016 in Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas


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

NTSB Identification: CEN16CA319

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 09, 2016 in Arlington, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N544SP
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.

During a full-stop landing to the 100 foot wide paved runway the airplane hit "very hard and bounced to a very high level". The student pilot did not execute a go-around and reported that on the second touchdown "he tried to hold it off again", but the operating propeller struck the runway surface and the airplane bounced a second time. On the third touchdown the nose gear collapsed, directional control was lost, and the airplane exited the left side of the runway. After digging into the grass the nose gear completely separated resulting in substantial damage to the firewall and the forward fuselage. The student pilot and the operator reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing.

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