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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA472
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Kahului, HI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N335SP
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 pilot reported that during the landing touchdown, there were "two small bounces" and then the airplane bounced a third time "hard." The pilot further reported that he was able to taxi the airplane onto a taxiway and subsequently shutdown the engine.

The firewall sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's incorrect pitch control during the landing flare, which resulted in a porpoise and hard landing.