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NTSB Identification: CEN14CA274
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 30, 2014 in Bluffton, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/30/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N5495K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot was attempting to land when a gust of wind lifted the right wing which caused the airplane to move to the left. The student pilot said that he did not properly flare while trying to realign the airplane on the runway and the airplane landed hard. This resulted in a blown tire along with damage to the propeller and firewall. The pilot reported no pre-mishap mechanical deficiencies.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control, which resulted in a hard landing.