On March 30, 1996, at 1202 hours Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172P, N9964L, collided with the ground during an attempted rejected landing at Fullerton, California. The aircraft was operated by General Aviation Company, Inc., of Fullerton, and was rented by the student pilot for a local area solo instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft sustained substantial damage. The student pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight originated at Fullerton on the day of the accident at 1130.

The student reported that he was practicing full-stop landings on runway 24. The student stated his belief that on short final approach the aircraft encountered a wind gust in the landing flare which yawed the nose of the airplane to the left. The pilot attempted to correct the yaw with control inputs and the aircraft hit the runway hard and bounced toward the left side of the runway. The pilot attempted a rejected landing maneuver by adding full power; however, the left wing tip contacted the ground and the aircraft crashed in the median between the runway and taxiway.

The pilot stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the aircraft.

A weather observation taken immediately after the accident by the air traffic control tower reported winds from 250 degrees at 4 knots.

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