CHI99LA354
CHI99LA354

On September 1, 1999, at 2000 eastern daylight time (edt), a Cessna 150L, N1316Q, operated by a solo student pilot sustained substantial damage when during landing the airplane struck the ground hard and came to a stop 100 feet left of runway 24 (3800' X 75', ASPH) at the Jack Barstow Airport, Midland, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The instructional supervised solo flight was being conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. No flight plan was on file. The student pilot reported no injuries. The local flight originated at Midland, Michigan, at 1950 edt.

In his written statement, the student pilot said that he was on his first solo flight. His first takeoff, traffic and pattern went well. The student pilot said that his instructor told him to proceed with another takeoff and landing. On final approach, the student pilot said that he thought he was going to land short of the runway. He attempted a go-around, but "applied too much left rudder, thereby heading to the grassy area between the runway and the taxiway. The nose wheel hit the ground and [the airplane] skidded to a stop."

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane at the Jack Barstow Airport. The firewall, nose wheel and engine mount were bent upward. The rear window was broken out. The left wingtip was broken aft. The left wing rear spar was bent downward. Flight control continuity was confirmed. No anomalies were revealed with the engine, engine controls, or other airplane systems.

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