NTSB Identification: SEA96LA009.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 19, 1995 in LAUREL, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N6477D
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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During a touch-and-go landing, the student pilot made an evasive maneuver on final approach to avoid a collision with a flock of geese. After a left turn toward a row of hangars, he determined that he would not be able to clear the hangars, so he reduced power and landed. During the rollout, the nose landing gear contacted a concrete block in a burrow pit next to the taxiway, and the airplane nosed over.

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

the student pilot's improper planning/decision, which resulted in inadequate altitude/clearance from hangar buildings and a subsequent emergency landing, while attempting to evade a flock of geese. The flock of geese was a related factor.

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