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N4491R accident description

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Crash location 41.943611°N, 83.432778°W
Nearest city Monroe, MI
41.916434°N, 83.397710°W
2.6 miles away
Tail number N4491R
Accident date 21 Dec 2017
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The flight instructor reported that, the student pilot began to flare for a touch-and-go landing, when a wind gust yawed the airplane to the left. He added that the wind "dropped out", and the airplane landed hard with the nose low, which resulted in a nose landing gear collapse.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 140° at 6 knots. The flight instructor reported that the wind was variable at 10 knots, gusting 20 knots. The airplane landed on runway 21.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s improper yaw control during the landing flare and the flight instructor’s failure to take remedial action, which resulted in a hard landing.

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