Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N53460: Accident occurred May 14, 2017 at Outlaw Field Airport (KCKV), Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA300
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Clarksville, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N53460
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 pilot reported that, during his approach, he turned to base too early. His approach glide angle was too high, and “I reduced power but also nosed the plane over in order to descend.” The airplane’s airspeed increased, and the airplane ballooned during the landing flare. The airplane touched down hard, porpoised on the runway, and a propeller strike occurred. He taxied to park and noticed that the firewall had sustained substantial damage.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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

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

L & W Leasing LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N53460

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA300
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Clarksville, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N53460
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 pilot reported that during his approach, he made his turn to base too early. His approach glide angle was too high and, "I reduced power but also nosed the plane over in order to descend." The airplane's airspeed increased and the airplane ballooned during the landing flare. The airplane touched down hard, it porpoised on the runway and a propeller strike occurred. He taxied to parking and noticed that substantial damage was sustained to the fire wall.

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