NTSB Identification: CEN13CA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Moline, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/13/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N6231F
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 the accident occurred during his initial solo flight. He stated that the takeoff and flight in the traffic pattern were without incident. However, during the first landing, the airplane bounced twice before settling onto the runway, and he elected to return to the ramp area. A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the firewall, with additional damage to the nose landing gear and propeller. A left crosswind at 8 knots was reported about the time of the accident. The student pilot reported that there were no failures or malfunctions related to the airplane before the accident.

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

The student pilot's misjudgment of the landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing.

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