NTSB Identification: CEN13CA112
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 21, 2012 in Eveleth, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/03/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N9660H
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 planned to practice a takeoff and landing before departing on a short solo flight. The student pilot reported that the approach was normal, but during the landing, the airplane’s nosewheel touched the runway first. The airplane bounced a couple times before the student pilot brought the airplane to a stop. Postflight examination of the airplane revealed that the nosewheel landing gear was compressed, the propeller bent, and the firewall had sustained substantial damage.

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 nosewheel landing.

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