NTSB Identification: LAX96LA127.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 07, 1996 in LAS VEGAS, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N5531M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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After flying in the practice area, the student pilot returned to the traffic pattern to perform touch-and-go landings in a calm wind condition. The student stated that as she flared to land, the airplane bounced. After several bounces, the nose landing gear collapsed. According to the operator, the student's instructor had not followed the school training cirriculum and had provided inadequate instruction regarding recovery from difficulties in the landing phase of flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the student pilot's improper flare and improper recover from a bounced landing, which resulted in a hard landing and collapse of the nose gear. A factor relating to the accident was: the flight instructor's inadequate instruction concerning recovery from bounced landings.

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