NTSB Identification: ERA10CA350
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 25, 2010 in Salisbury, MD
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N2373K
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.

According to the student pilot, he had conducted a 1.5-hour solo cross country flight and was landing at the destination airport. The student pilot stated that the airplane was "too high and too fast" on the landing approach, and the airplane "bounced" on touchdown. The student pilot "dove for the runway" in an attempt to recover, the airplane's nose landing gear contacted the runway, and the tire "blew." Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the engine firewall. The student pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies He also reported 54 hours of total flight experience.

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

The student pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing.

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