May 3, 2011, Stuart, Fla., Cessna 172P


The student pilot stated he did not flare the airplane properly, resulting in a hard landing. The nose landing gear collided with the runway; he then made a go-around and landed uneventfully. Another pilot subsequently flew the airplane and returned it early due to a “different sound in engine noise.” Examination of the airplane by the other pilot revealed one propeller blade tip was bent. Further examination by company maintenance personnel revealed the engine firewall was buckled.


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