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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA104
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 24, 2016 in Palm Coast, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/04/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N1289Y
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.

According to the flight instructor who observed the student pilot’s first solo flight from the ground, the airplane landed hard and porpoised due to the student pilot’s improper flare.
A postaccident examination revealed the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the aileron and elevator systems and the firewall.
The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing and porpoise.