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Aviation Accident

NTSB Identification: WPR13CA130
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Kelso, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/24/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 152, registration: N89956
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 reported that he reduced engine power while on final approach and that the airplane developed a higher sink rate than expected. The airplane subsequently landed hard and bounced three to four times, collapsing the nose landing gear and substantially damaging the firewall. The student pilot stated that he did not attempt to go around. The pilot reported no 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 student pilot's inadequate landing flare and lack of remedial actions, which resulted in a hard bounced landing.