CHI99LA148
CHI99LA148

On 29 April 1999, at 1030 central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N5336R, operated by Trew Aero Inc., was substantially damaged during a hard landing. The student pilot on a solo flight landed hard and the airplane's firewall was bent. The student pilot was not injured. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight had departed Eagle Airport, Blair, Nebraska, on a local flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that he was, "... practicing takeoffs and landings, and air work in a mild crosswind. Turbulence caused by a grove of trees to the east end of the runway caused the aircraft to float and then drop."

The student pilot's total flight experience was 63 flight hours.

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