NTSB Identification: DEN88LA174.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37238.
Accident occurred Monday, July 25, 1988 in GILLETTE, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N5266J
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 PLT WAS COMPLETING HIS FIRST SOLO X-COUNTRY FLT. DURING TOUCHDOWN, THE AIRPLANE BOUNCED AND BEGAN TO PORPOISE. ON THE THIRD BOUNCE, THE NOSE WHEEL FORK FAILED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT TURNED 180 DEG TO THE LEFT & CAME TO REST ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY WITH STRUCTURAL DAMAGE TO THE FIREWALL & AIRFRAME.

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

FLARE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

PORPOISE/PILOT-INDUCED OSCILLATION..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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