NTSB Identification: DFW06CA030.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, November 09, 2005 in Arlington, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N5437J
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The 47-hour student pilot was on her first supervised solo flight. While on the downwind leg for Runway 16, she observed another aircraft ahead on downwind. The student pilot elected to extend her downwind to provide additional spacing with the other aircraft in the traffic pattern. The pilot reported that while on final approach she noted she was too high and the airspeed was excessive. The airplane porpoised after initial touchdown. The pilot compensated by pushing the nose forward causing the airplane to land hard on the nose wheel. The nose strut impacted the runway with enough force to cause structural damage to the engine firewall. The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunction prior to the mishap. The winds at the time of the accident were reported as variable at 4 knots.

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

The students improper recovery from a bounced landing. A contributing factor was the pilots excessive airspeed on final approach.

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