NTSB Identification: MIA00LA194.
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Accident occurred Friday, June 30, 2000 in MONTGOMERY, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/2001
Aircraft: Piper PA-38-112, registration: N9713T
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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The student pilot stated that it was his first supervised solo flight, and during his second touch and go landing, as he flared, a gust caught the airplane, and it porpoised, bouncing three times. During the third bounce, the aircraft struck the ground in a nose-down attitude and incurred structural damage.

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

the student pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control upon encountering variable winds during the landing flare/touchdown and his failure to recover from the resulting bounced landing which resulted in substantial damage to the aircraft.

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