Hard landing blamed on student mistake

A student pilot’s mistake led to a hard landing that caused substantial damage to a single-engine plane at Molokai Airport in May, according to a National Transportation Safety Board final report.

The pilot, identified as 27-year-old Corey Wollard of Wahiawa, Oahu, reported she was practicing touch-and-go landings on a runway when she “touched down and bounced the landing” between 10:50 and 11 a.m. May 3.

She applied power to go back around and was airborne when she applied full throttle “but mistakenly put my flaps up all at once,” according to her written statement to investigators.

The Cessna 172 plane descended and landed hard on the runway. After pulling the throttle back to idle during the landing and gaining her bearings, the pilot initiated a takeoff and noticed restricted movement in the elevator controls, according to the report.

“It felt like when you lose your power control steering in your car,” she wrote in her statement.

She declared an emergency and landed the airplane on the runway.

At the time, Wollard had 62 hours of flight time, according to the report. She wasn’t injured. The plane had substantial damage to the elevator control column, according to the report.

The plane was registered to Honolulu-based Lani Lea Sky Tours.