The 20-hour student pilot had just completed 55 minutes dual in the Cessna 172, practising visual circuits, before making solo circuits.

The first circuit proceeded normally until just before touchdown, when the he slightly over-flared. To stop the aircraft climbing again he moved the control column forwards before re-applying rearward pressure. The aircraft landed on its main wheels but then rocked forward onto its nosewheel. This rocking motion continued for about three cycles before settling normally on its landing gear. It sustained damage to its propeller, engine and nosewheel leg.

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