NTSB Identification: NYC06CA189.
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Accident occurred Saturday, July 29, 2006 in Poughkeepsie, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N97650
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 student pilot was conducting his first solo flight, and was on approach to land on runway 24, a 5,001-foot-long, asphalt runway. He reported that the airplane touched down a little harder than he expected, bounced, and began to porpoise. The airplane subsequently came to a stop on the runway; however, the firewall, and nose landing gear were substantially damaged. The student pilot reported that he did not experience any mechanical problems with the airplane, and he had accumulated about 45 hours of total flight time. Winds reported at the airport, about the time of the accident, were from 240 degrees at 6 knots.

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

The student pilot's improper flare and failure to recover from a bounced landing, which resulted in a hard landing.

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