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N9660H accident description

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Crash location 47.425000°N, 92.498055°W
Nearest city Eveleth, MN
47.462428°N, 92.539906°W
3.2 miles away
Tail number N9660H
Accident date 21 Dec 2012
Aircraft type Cessna 172M
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The student pilot planned on practicing a takeoff and landing, before departing on a short solo flight. The student pilot reported that the approach was normal, but during the landing, the airplane’s nosewheel touched the runway first. The airplane bounced a couple times before the student pilot brought the airplane to a stop. Post flight examination of the airplane revealed that the nosewheel landing gear was compressed, the propeller bent, and the firewall had sustained substantial damage.

NTSB Probable Cause

The student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard nosewheel landing.

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