On May 30, 1996, at 1800 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N49459, was substantially damaged while landing at the Big Beaver Airport, Troy, Michigan. The airplane bounced on landing, traveled off the runway, and contacted a taxiway berm where the nose gear collapsed. The solo instructional flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions. The student pilot was not injured. The last departure point for the 14 CFR Part 91 cross country flight was Lansing, Michigan, at 1700 eastern daylight time.

The student pilot reported that after touching down he heard a "clunk" from the right main gear. The airplane became airborne again (3 to 5 feet agl) and turned to the left. The pilot stated the airplane touched down again, heading toward the left side of the runway. He reported that when the nose wheel touched down, it began to vibrate. The airplane traveled off the left side of the runway and through a grass area before the nose gear contacted the 4" berm of a perpendicular taxiway.

Upon contacting the berm the nose gear collapsed and the airplane tipped forward onto its nose. The airplane then fell to the right with the right wing contacting the ground. The airplane then settled back on the main gear.

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