Friday, September 2, 2016

Cessna 172N, Roadstar LLC, N2462E: Accident occurred August 30, 2016 in Winchester, Virginia

Roadstar LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N2462E

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA460
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Winchester, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N2462E
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 the airplane ballooned during the landing flare and touched down beyond the planned touchdown point. He further reported that the airplane porpoised and on the third bounce he felt a vibration. Subsequently, the airplane departed the runway to the left and stopped in grass next to the runway. 

The firewall sustained substantial damage. 

The student pilot reported no preaccident 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 a porpoise, a loss of directional control, and a runway excursion.

The solo student pilot reported that the airplane ballooned during the landing flare and touched down beyond the planned touchdown point. He further reported that the airplane porpoised and on the third bounce he felt a vibration. Subsequently, the airplane departed the runway to the left and stopped in grass next to the runway. 

The firewall sustained substantial damage. 


The student pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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