NTSB Identification: DFW07CA063.
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Accident occurred Friday, January 26, 2007 in Houston, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N83HT
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 40-hour solo student pilot did not recover from a bounced landing after the single-engine airplane porpoised following a hard landing on runway 17L (35 foot wide, 3,987 feet long, dry asphalt). During landing, the airplane landed hard, bounced, porpoised several times until the nose landing gear collapsed and the propeller contacted the runway. An FAA inspector, who responded to the accident site, reported structural damage to the engine mounts and the engine firewall.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's encounter with porpoise following a hard landing and the improper recovery from a bounced landing. Full narrative available
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