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NTSB Identification: WPR13CA328
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 15, 2013 in Redlands, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/19/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 172S, registration: N625SP
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.

During a solo cross-country flight the student pilot had attempted to land twice but due to the gusty wind conditions he had aborted the attempts. On the third attempt to land, the gusty wind conditions had not changed. The student pilot reported that his approach speed was never low enough to extend the flaps beyond 10 degrees. On touchdown the airplane bounced twice, and on the third touchdown point he reported he was "far down the runway and still had a lot of speed." The student pilot determined that the airplane was traveling too fast to stop prior to the runway ending, so he attempted to turn left at the runway end taxiway. The airplane did not negotiate the turn and the airplane departed the taxiway and into a drainage ditch. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the landing gear and to the right wing. The student pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The student pilot's improper flare and unsuccessful attempt to correct a bounced landing, which resulted in the overrun landing.