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Summary

The student pilot was sent solo to conduct a sortie of normal and flapless circuits. After an uneventful first circuit, the pilot landed nose first on the second circuit and, after four bounces, the wheel separated from the nose leg. The pilot had extended slightly on downwind to allow for aircraft ahead in the traffic pattern. As a result the final leg was flown lower and faster than normal and the pilot evidently misjudged the flare. She was not able to recover from the ensuing bounces before the nosewheel was dislodged.
 
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