The student intended to practise circuits for an hour using Runway 23. The first circuit was conducted dual with his instructor, after which he took off again solo for the remainder of the time. Two further circuits were flown without incident but on the fourth, despite the student stating that the approach seemed “normal”, the aircraft bounced three times on touchdown before coming to a halt on the left of the runway. The student taxied the aircraft back to the school’s hangar where damage to the left wingtip, firewall and lower fuselage was found.
The instructor who was watching his student noted that the accident approach was fast and flat and that, after the first bounce, the student checked forwards on the control column instead of applying power and going around. He also saw the left wingtip strike the ground. Both recognise that the student should have gone around after the first bounce.