MIA00LA194
MIA00LA194

On June 30, 2000, about 0950 central daylight time, a Piper PA-38, N9713T, registered to and operated by Montgomery Aviation Corporation, as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight, experienced a hard landing at Montgomery Regional Airport, Montgomery, Alabama. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The student pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, received minor injuries, and the aircraft incurred substantial damage. The flight originated the same day, about 0910.

The student pilot stated that it was his first supervised solo flight, and during his second touch-and-go landing, as he flared, a gust caught the airplane, and it porpoised, bouncing three times. The student further stated that during the third bounce the propeller struck the ground, and he knew there was no possibility of a go around. The student said he then tried to stabilize the aircraft, but was unable to do so, and the aircraft struck the ground in a nose-down attitude, incurring structural damage.

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