Friday, June 30, 2017

Cessna 152, N53396: Accident occurred June 29, 2017 at Miami Executive Airport (KTMB), Miami-Dade County, Florida

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

Analysis 

The student pilot performed three landings earlier that day with his flight instructor and then was signed off for his first solo flight. The student departed and remained in the traffic pattern, and the airplane bounced during the first landing. After bouncing three times, the nose landing gear fork and wheel assembly separated, and the propeller impacted the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount and firewall. The operator reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing. 

Findings

Aircraft
Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)

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

Rico Aviation Services Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N53396

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

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

Location: Miami, FL
Accident Number: ERA17CA221
Date & Time: 06/29/2017, 1820 EDT
Registration: N53396
Aircraft: CESSNA 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The student pilot performed three landings earlier that day with his flight instructor, then was signed off for his first solo flight. The student departed and remained in the traffic pattern, and the airplane bounced during the first landing. After bouncing three times, the nose landing gear fork and wheel assembly separated, and the propeller impacted the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount and firewall. The operator reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 34, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time: 60 hours (Total, all aircraft), 60 hours (Total, this make and model), 53.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N53396
Model/Series: 152 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:  
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15283543
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/12/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:  44 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 16759.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: RICO AVIATION SERVICES, INC.
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operator: Dean International, Inc. 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)
Operator Does Business As: Dean International Flight School
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TMB, 10 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 
Direction from Accident Site: 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3600 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Miami, FL (TMB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Miami, FL (TMB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1805 EDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: Miami Executive Airport (TMB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 10 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5003 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  25.652778, -80.436111 (est)

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