May 3, 2011, Fort Pierce, Fla., Cessna 172P


The student pilot was on his third solo flight; the airplane was stable on final approach. He increased the pitch of the airplane and began to flare when the stall warning horn sounded. He then released back pressure, the airplane impacted the runway and the nosewheel “bounced heavily.” The nosewheel buckled and the right rudder pedal jammed to the right. The airplane then veered off the right side of the runway, coming to rest on a grass apron. The airplane incurred substantial damage to its firewall.


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