NTSB Identification: FTW97LA183.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 08, 1997 in COLLEGE STATION, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/30/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N93124
Injuries: 1 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 student pilot reported that this was her second supervised solo. She stated that she 'set up a normal approach to land and she touched down on all three wheels.' She further stated that 'the airplane ballooned up (porpoising) three to five feet in the air.' The student pilot initiated a go-around procedure, but the airplane came down on the nose wheel which subsequently collapsed, and the airplane skidded to a stop. The student pilot's flight instructor added that the first touchdown was on all three tires but 'the touch down was smooth.' He further stated that 'the aircraft became airborne again and the pilot pitched down allowing the wheels to touch down on the nose wheel first (pitch attitude slightly nose low).' He reported that the 'second touch down resulted in a porpoising that collapsed the nose wheel.' The instructor stated that during the 'final few seconds' of the landing sequence, he could hear power being applied to the airplane, but 'the nose was too low for the pilot to initiate a climb.'

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

The pilot's loss of control due to delayed landing flare. A factor was the porpoise encountered during landing.

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