CAP Pilot Stalls Plane & Damages Fuselage


By NTSB | FAA Aviation Accident Database


The operator reported that the pilot was taking a Civil Air Patrol check ride in a Cessna 172P, N1298M at Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, WA. He was demonstrating a short field landing to a designated spot and tried to stretch the glide of the airplane.

This allowed the airspeed to dissipate to the point of stall. The airplane bounced hard on the runway and a go around was executed. After flying to another airport and making a full stop landing, damage to the airplane’s firewall and fuselage was discovered.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed during the landing flare. A factor was the encounter of the stall and subsequent hard landing.

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