NTSB Identification: ERA12CA420
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in Smyrna, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/07/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N80985
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 pilot, during the landing flare, the airplane bounced on the runway several times. The last time that the airplane bounced, the nosewheel landing gear impacted the runway, the front tire ruptured, and the propeller struck the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the firewall. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot’s inadequate flare and improper recovery from a bounced landing, which resulted in a hard landing.

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