NTSB Identification: NYC96LA093.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 28, 1996 in RUTLAND, VT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/22/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N98574
Injuries: 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 had completed a cross country flight and was landing on runway 31. When the pilot flared, the airplane drifted to the left. During the pilot's attempt to realign the airplane with the runway, the airplane bounced and veered left off of the runway. Winds reported by the airport automatic weather observing/reporting system (AWOS) at the time of the accident were from 300 degrees at 4 knots. The pilot had logged 7 hours in this make and model, of which 5 hours were as pilot-in-command. The balance of his flight experience was in the Cessna 152. The pilot had flown 2-1/2 hours in the previous 90 days.

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

the pilot's improper flare and recovery from a bounced landing. A contributing factor was his lack of recent flight experience.

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