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N524ND accident description

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Crash location 46.900833°N, 95.072500°W
Nearest city Park Rapids, MN
46.922181°N, 95.058632°W
1.6 miles away
Tail number N524ND
Accident date 02 Dec 2017
Aircraft type Cessna 172
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The director of aviation safety for the flight school reported, the student pilot was on her first solo cross-country flight, and that during the approach to land, the airplane was fast and high. Subsequently, the airplane landed nose low and the propeller struck the ground. The student did not know she had damaged the propeller or fuselage during the landing and continued the rest of her intended flight without further incident.

The next assigned flight crew discovered the damage and an examination by the maintenance department revealed the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The director of aviation safety reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in the propeller striking the ground.

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