Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, Paragon Flight Training, N10897: Accident occurred January 12, 2017 at Punta Gorda Airport (KPGD), Charlotte County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Paragon Flight Training Co: 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA122
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Punta Gorda, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N10897
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 solo cross-country flight, he performed touch and go landings and takeoffs. The student pilot reported that there was a notice to airman identifying that the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lighting was not in service at the second of three airports on his itinerary. The student pilot was cleared for a touch and go at the airport with no PAPI and he reported that his landing was flat. He recalled that the airplane bounced but he completed the touch and go, and departed the airport for the final leg of his itinerary. He landed and shut down the airplane at his home airport, and "it was then that I noticed the bent prop tips. I immediately notified management." Further inspection of the airplane by the operator revealed substantial damage to the firewall.

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

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