On April 21, 1996, at 1345 central daylight time, a Cessna 172, N6542J, operated by American Flyers collided with a pole following a loss of directional control while landing at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport, DeKalb, Illinois. The 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. Neither the certificated flight instructor (CFI) nor the student pilot reported any injuries. The flight originated from West Chicago, Illinois, at 1315.

The CFI stated the purpose of the flight was to practice crosswind takeoffs and landings. He stated that the local winds were from 140 degrees at 13 knots and the landing was being made on runway 09 (4,199' x 50'). He reported that the student flared the airplane too high and the airplane landed hard, bouncing on the runway. He stated that while airborne after the bounce, the student applied full power to initiate an aborted landing; however, the nose of the airplane was pointed toward the left side of the runway. He stated he pulled the throttle to idle and the airplane rolled off the side of the runway into the grass. The right wing of the airplane contacted a pole which was located 85' to 100' off the side of the runway. The airplane traveled an additional 500' past the pole prior to coming to a stop.

Damage to the right wing consisted of leading edge skin. Two wing ribs were also damaged.

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