NTSB Identification: LAX97LA074.
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Accident occurred Saturday, December 21, 1996 in PHOENIX, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N96049
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot was on his first solo flight, and had successfully completed two landings. After the third approach, the aircraft touched down on the nose wheel, then it entered a porpoise. The nose gear then collapsed.

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

the student pilot's improper flare and improper recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in an inadvertent porpoise and subsequent overload failure of the nose gear.

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