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N195NW accident description

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Crash location 44.743055°N, 85.587777°W
Nearest city Traverse City, MI
44.763057°N, 85.620632°W
2.1 miles away
Tail number N195NW
Accident date 25 Jun 2015
Aircraft type Cessna 172 - S
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

In a written statement provided by the flight instructor, the solo student pilot porpoised during the landing, came to a full stop, and taxied to the ramp. A post-flight inspection revealed substantial damage to the firewall, the underside of the fuselage, and the floor under the rudder pedals.

The flight instructor reported no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot's failure to maintain pitch control during the landing, resulting in a hard landing.

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