NTSB Identification: FTW04LA146.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 31, 2004 in Mesquite, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/01/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N98885
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The single-engine airplane landed hard on Runway 35, during an instructional flight. The flight instructor reported that on final approach, the airspeed was at 65 knots and the student pilot was delaying the landing flare. The flight instructor allowed the student pilot to continue the landing because he expected the landing to "be flat and on all three wheels at the same time, then discuss the pros/cons of the approach to land during the taxi back." The instructor put his right hand on the yoke and started to add slight backpressure. At this time, the instructor's headset began to come off, preventing him from stating, "my controls;" however, he pulled back harder on the yoke when he noticed the student pilot was applying opposite pressure. The instructor was unable to raise the nose, thus resulting in a nose wheel first landing. After landing, the instructor grabbed the yoke with both hands and applied backpressure, and the airplane lifted off the ground. The instructor realized that something was wrong with the propeller, so he pulled the throttle and the mixture out and landed the airplane. As he lowered the nose, the airplane continued to nose-over.


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

The student pilot's delayed landing flare and the improper supervision provided by the flight instructor.

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