NTSB Identification: MIA02LA091.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 28, 2002 in Daytona Beach, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/20/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172S, registration: N786SP
Injuries: 3 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.

According to the pilot, upon landing, he flared the airplane, landed hard on the main landing gear, and bounced 3 to 4 times on the nose of the airplane. At the end of the runway he noticed that he had no elevator control. Examination of the airplane's control surfaces, after the accident revealed the elevators were found stuck in the down position due to impact damage causing the pilot's side control column to jam within the control yoke guide assembly, hindering fore and aft movement of the control column. There was no damage found to any of the control surfaces or any other part of the cabin structure.

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

the pilot misjudged the landing flare, resulting in a hard landing, and damage to the airplane.

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