Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ERA22LA183

Waterville, ME, USA

Aircraft #1




The solo student pilot reported that following performing maneuvers in the local area he returned to the airport to complete touch-and-go landings. He had completed four landings and remained in the pattern for his fifth landing, in which he planned to do a soft field landing. Upon touchdown, the pilot described that a “hard bounce” sent the airplane back into the air. When the airplane touched down again, the nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded to a stop on the runway. The fuselage and rudder sustained substantial damage. The student pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The student pilot’s incorrect landing flare, which resulted in a hard bounced landing and nose landing gear collapse.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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