NTSB Identification: LAX91LA379.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45496.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 01, 1991 in PALO ALTO, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA C-152, registration: N89022
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 STUDENT PILOT LANDED HARD AND BOUNCED THE AIRPLANE BACK INTO THE AIR ABOUT 20 FEET. THE INSTRUCTOR TOOK OVER THE CONTROLS BUT WAS UNABLE TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE AIRPLANE BEFORE IT STALLED AND STRUCK THE RUNWAY WITH THE LEFT WING AND TAIL. THE AIRPLANE THEN DEPARTED THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, STRIKING A RUNWAY LIGHT. THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS WITH THE AIRPLANE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

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

IMPROPER RECOVERY FROM A BOUNCED LANDING BY THE STUDENT PILOT AND THE DELAYED REMEDIAL ACTION OF THE INSTRUCTOR PILOT. CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ACCIDENT WAS THE STUDENT PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN THE PROPER DESCENT RATE WHICH RESULTED IN A BOUNCED LANDING AND THE CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR PILOT'S INADEQUATE SUPERVISION DURING THE LANDING.

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