WPR11CA262
WPR11CA262

The pilot reported that he was engaged in his third solo flight. On approach to the runway the airplane was at 65 knots with 20 degrees of flaps and he began his landing flare at approximately 8-10 feet. According to the pilot, the airplane then appeared to have lost lift and came down hard on the runway. The airplane bounced into the air and traveled approximately 30 feet before nosing towards the ground again. The pilot attempted to pull back on the yoke of the aircraft before it impacted the runway. Although the airplane responded to the input it still struck the ground in a nose down attitude, collapsing the nose landing gear strut and wheel into the fuselage, and the aircraft skidded on its nose about 20 yards. The nose wheel gear was collapsed and there was substantial damage to the front left of the fuselage, the firewall, and the propeller. The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe or the engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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