NTSB Identification: IAD96LA054.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, March 27, 1996 in TAPLIN, WV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/22/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N61546
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he returned to the departure airport after the carburetor heat control failed during the local flight. During landing, the airplane bounced two or three times. The pilot stated that on the last touchdown the nose gear collapsed, dug in, and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The FAA inspector reported that the nose landing gear failure appeared to be the result of a very hard landing.

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

the pilot's improper level off and recovery from a bounced landing.

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