NTSB Identification: CEN09CA458
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 18, 2009 in New Braunfels, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N5556S
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 approached the runway with a slightly higher than normal approach speed, which resulted in the airplane bouncing several times on the runway before coming to a full stop. Examination of the airplane revealed the firewall was wrinkled and the nose gear was bent. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical deficiencies with the airplane and that a go-around should have been performed.

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

The pilot's inadequate recovery from a bounced landing.

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