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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175465
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172S Skyhawk
Registration: N2168D
C/n / msn: 172S9649
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Vernal Regional Airport (KVEL), Vernal, UT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Vernal, UT (VEL)
Destination airport:Vernal, UT (VEL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The student pilot reported that he took off and maneuvered into the left traffic pattern. On final, the airplane was configured with 30 degrees of flaps with an approach speed of 70 knots. His flight instructor who was observing noted that during his first landing the nose wheel came in contact with the surface first, then his two main wheels, subsequently the airplane porpoised three times, the student pilot initiated a go-around, and landed without further incident. As a result of the hard landing, the flight instructor conducted a post flight inspection of the engine and airframe, substantial damage to the firewall was discovered.

The pilot reported there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The student pilot's failure to maintain attitude control during landing flare.


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Revision history:

16-Apr-2015 23:38 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 12:45 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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