NTSB Identification: WPR11CA489
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 07, 2011 in Grants Pass, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/12/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172C, registration: N8287X
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 short field landings and configured the airplane with full flaps on the approach. The student pilot reduced power too early for the airplane configuration, which caused a loss of airspeed and a subsequent hard landing. During subsequent annual maintenance, a mechanic noted that the firewall was bent. The student 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 student pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed on approach, which resulted in a hard landing.

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