Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N734AV: Accident occurred August 30, 2016 in Delta, Millard County, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA496
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Delta, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N734AV
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.

According to the student pilot, following the first leg of his solo cross-country flight, he entered the traffic pattern to land on runway 17 “because other traffic was using runway 17 even though winds were 050° at 3 knots.” 

He reported that, as the airplane approached the runway, the airspeed was too high, and the airplane landed hard on the nosewheel and porpoised. He conceded, “I knew it was a hard landing, but did not hear the prop strike occur.” 

The student pilot departed the airport and accomplished two approaches and a landing at a third airport before returning to his home airport where he accomplished two approaches, a landing, and then taxied to parking. 

The student pilot reported that he could have prevented the accident by performing a go-around when he realized that his approach speed was too high. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The student pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the engine or airframe that would have prevented normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard, porpoised landing.

TUMBLEWEED LEASING CO INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N734AV

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA496

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Delta, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N734AV
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.

According to the student pilot, following the first leg of his solo cross-country flight, he entered the traffic pattern to land on runway 17; "because other traffic was using runway 17 even though winds were 050° at 3 knots".

He reported that as the airplane approached the runway, the airspeed was too high, and the airplane landed hard on the nose wheel and porpoised. He conceded, "I knew it was a hard landing, but did not hear the prop strike occur." 

The student pilot departed the airport, and accomplished two approaches and a landing at a third airport, before returning to his home airport where he accomplished two approaches, a landing, and then taxied to parking. 

The student pilot reported that he could have prevented the accident by performing a go around when he realized that his approach speed was too high. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The student pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the engine or airframe prior to the landing that would have prevented normal flight operation. 

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