NTSB Identification: NYC03LA059.
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Accident occurred Friday, February 28, 2003 in Columbus, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N170SU
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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A flight instructor and student pilot had been performing touch and go landings on runway 27R, which was 2,994 feet long and 100 feet wide. During the accident approach, the student had set 20 degrees of flaps and established 62 knots of indicated airspeed. The CFI observed the airplane descend below the "glidepath," and instructed the student pilot to add power. After a few seconds, the student added about 50 rpms of power, and the CFI told the student to add more power. When the student didn't respond, the CFI attempted to add power himself; however, the student's hand remained over the throttle, and he was unable to add power. The CFI then started to flare the airplane for landing. The airplane touched down about 20 feet prior to the runway in snow, where it pitched forward on its nose, and the nose gear collapsed. The winds at the airport were reported to be calm.

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

The student pilot's misjudgment of distance/altitude and the instructor's delayed remedial action,

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