NTSB Identification: ERA13CA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 20, 2012 in Weyers Cave, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172H, registration: N1431F
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 reported that after completing her first solo cross-country flight she landed without incident. She then elected to practice takeoffs and landings in the airport traffic pattern. During the subsequent landing, the airplane touched down hard and bounced before coming to rest on the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall and skin deformation just forward of the pilot’s side door. The student pilot reported that she did not experience any mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

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