On April 23, 1996, at 1115 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172P, N55126, was substantially damaged following a loss of control while landing at Colorado Springs Municipal Airport, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The student pilot was not injured. The solo instructional flight was operating under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot, who had accumulated 46 hours total flight time and 3 hours solo time, said he was doing touch-and-go landings on runway 17L after completing his air work in a designated area east of the airport. When he was ready for a full stop landing he said that he requested runway 17L so he would be close to his parking area. According to the pilot, as he flared the aircraft for landing, it began to settle and he attempted to go around. During this attempt, the left wing dropped and the aircraft impacted beside the runway.

The pilot stated that a wind shear alert (LLWAS) began shortly after his accident. A review of weather information at the Colorado Springs Airport, revealed no evidence of an LLWAS alert during the time period and recorded wind, taken as part of a special observation immediately following the accident, was from 190 degrees magnetic at 4 knots. There were no gusts recorded.

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