NTSB Identification: ERA12CA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 01, 2011 in Schenectady, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N83PD
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.

After a brief local flight, the pilot returned to the departure airport. During the landing, the airplane touched down on the runway and bounced. The pilot again attempted to land the airplane; however, the airplane’s nose dropped, and the nose landing gear and propeller struck the runway, resulting in a second bounce. The airplane struck the runway again before the pilot regained control of it and taxied it to the hangar. A postaccident examination revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane.

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

The pilot’s inadequate recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in a loss of control.

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