On July 28, 1995, at 2130 mountain daylight time (MDT), a Cessna 152, N49209, was substantially damaged during landing near Raton, New Mexico. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was being operated as a solo cross country instructional flight by Aims Community College, under 14 CFR Part 91. The flight originated in Pueblo, Colorado at 2015 MDT. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR flight plan was filed. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In the Pilot/Operator Report, the pilot stated that she attempted to land on runway 20 twice, but on final approach the aircraft experienced a tailwind. She then set up to land on runway 25, but initiated another go-around due to the wind. She further reported that after adding full power "turbulence caused my hand to slip down on the flap lever giving the aircraft full flaps (30 degrees)." The aircraft porpoised down and into runway 25. The aircraft travelled half the distance down the runway and landed "very hard" on the nose gear and the main landing gear. The pilot reported that she retarded the throttle following the "hard" landing.
Post-crash examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed a separated nose gear and structural damage to the fuselage. During the "hard" landing the carburetor was separated and fuel was pumped into the engine nacelle. As the aircraft was rolling down the runway a fire erupted in the nacelle.