Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cessna 172S Skyhawk, N417ER, Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Inc: Accident occurred January 12, 2016 at Dothan Regional Airport (KDHN), Dothan, Alabama


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Birmingham FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA104 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Dothan, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N417ER
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 operator reported that the solo pilot-rated student was conducting a cross county flight and during the touchdown, the airplane bounced "multiple times," landed hard, and the propeller impacted the runway. The pilot taxied off the runway without further incident. A postflight inspection revealed substantial damage to the firewall and to the floorboards underneath the rudder pedals. 

The operator reported there were no pre-impact 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 pilot-rated student's hard landing, which resulted in fuselage damage.

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