On April 13, 2005, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172, N716SD, registered to N80FT Inc. and operated by Orlando Flight Training, as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 instructional flight, had a hard landing at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Kissimmee, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The student pilot reported no injuries, and the airplane incurred substantial damage. The flight originated from the same airport, earlier that day, about 1330. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The student pilot stated just before landing on runway 33 the plane began to porpoise. After bouncing on the runway, he felt he had the airplane under control as the wheels settled onto the tarmac. Just as the airplane started rolling, he noticed the plane began to lean forward. At this point, he assumed the tire had punctured and immediately after, the propeller began to strike the ground at which point he pulled the mixture to idle. The airplane's momentum took it forward a few yards until it stopped halfway onto the taxiway. The pilot stated there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions to the airplane or any of its systems prior to the accident.