NTSB Identification: ATL02LA140.
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Accident occurred Friday, July 12, 2002 in Merritt Island, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/05/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N54119
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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A student pilot practicing short field landings landed hard. The airplane bounced back into the air and the pilot did not add power to go around. The airplane then came back down hard on the nose wheel leaving damage to the firewall and cabin floor.

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

The pilot's improper recovery after a bounced landing and improper landing flare which resulted in the airplane colliding with the runway.

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