NTSB Identification: LAX90LA177.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 42029.
Accident occurred Monday, May 07, 1990 in COTTONWOOD, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1992
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N251ER
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 (SP) WAS ON HER FIRST SUPERVISED SOLO FLIGHT. DURING THE SECOND APPROACH FOR LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOTED TO BE TOO HIGH. THE SP ENTERED A SLIP TO LOSE THE ALTITUDE. THE AIRCRAFT TOUCHED DOWN HARD AND BOUNCED ON THE MAIN LANDING GEAR. THE SUPERVISING CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR PILOT (CFI) INSTRUCTED THE SP TO GO-AROUND VIA A PORTABLE RADIO. THE SP INITIATED THE GO-AROUND. THE AIRCRAFT WAS NOTED TO CLIMB AND THEN DESCEND. ACCORDING TO THE CFI, THE SP RAISED THE FLAPS PREMATURELY. THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED AND STRUCK THE RUNWAY NOSE GEAR FIRST.

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

PREMATURE RAISING OF THE FLAPS DURING THE GO-AROUND MANEUVER.

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