CHI07CA245
CHI07CA245

The airplane was substantially damaged during a hard landing on runway 7 (3,128 feet by 40 feet, asphalt). The student pilot stated that while she was on approach she realized that she was "a bit high and fast." The student pilot reduced engine power and "felt" that it was "still ok to land." She reported that the airplane touched down and bounced hard twice. The airplane was now past midfield and the student pilot was not confident that the airplane could clear the trees at the end of the runway. Concerned that the next hard bounce could damage the gear and the airplane, the pilot steered the airplane off the runway onto the grass, attempted to maintain control as long as possible, and impacted bushes. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

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