NTSB Identification: ATL95LA082.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 1995 in SAVANNAH, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/23/1995
Aircraft: CESSNA 337G, registration: N38E
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE RUNWAY WHILE ATTEMPTING A VISUAL LANDING ON RUNWAY 9, AT SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED HARD AND BOUNCED WHICH RESULTED IN THE PILOT LOOSING CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT. THE AIRPLANE BEGAN A SERIES OF PORPOISES DOWN THE RUNWAY AFTER THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN, WHICH TERMINATED WITH THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED. AT 1750, ON THE SAME DAY, THE SAVANNAH AUTOMATIC TERMINAL INFORMATION SERVICE DEPICTED THE WIND AS COMING FROM 150 DEGREES AT 9 KNOTS, WITH GUSTS TO 16 KNOTS.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER FLARE AND HIS IMPROPER USE OF THE FLIGHT CONTROLS DURING LANDING WHICH RESULTED IN COLLAPSE OF THE NOSE GEAR.

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