NTSB Identification: WPR09CA185
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 07, 2009 in Richland, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 172L, registration: N7582G
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 pilot reported that he had not flown an airplane during the previous 6 months and that he intended to acquire currency by performing a series of stop-and-go landings. The pilot took off and performed the first landing without mishap. According to the pilot, during the second approach he flared out too high. Thereafter, the airplane impacted the runway in a nose-low attitude and bounced. The second contact occurred while in a nose-low attitude. After the hard landing, the pilot taxied off the runway and parked his airplane. A subsequent structural examination of the airplane revealed that the nose gear assembly was broken and the lower portion of the firewall was buckled.

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

The pilot's improper landing flare.

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