NTSB Identification: ERA10CA143
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 11, 2010 in Fort Pierce, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N106JK
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 stated that he was practicing touch-and-go landings prior to the accident. On his seventh landing he misjudged the flare, porpoised, and landed hard on the main landing gear. The airplane bounced and then landed on the nose gear. He applied full throttle and initiated a go-around. He returned to the airport and made an uneventful landing on another runway. Upon exiting the runway he realized that he did not have directional control of the airplane. Subsequent examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the firewall and forward lower fuselage.

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

The student pilot's improper flare during landing.

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