NTSB Identification: LAX96LA246.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 12, 1996 in SEDONA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/29/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 172M, registration: N12341
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that after a normal cross-country flight, he landed on runway 3 with winds that were variable at 5 gusting 10 knots. Reportedly, the airplane touched down on the main landing gear at normal speed with a quartering tail wind. While lowering the nose, the aircraft lifted off the runway again and landed hard. The pilot taxied to parking where he observed a bulging inner tube from the nose tire side wall. He then taxied the airplane to a fixed-base operator, who advised him of additional damage to the fire wall and nose gear.

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

the pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing. The variable/gusty/quartering tail wind was a related factor.

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