NTSB Identification: SEA96LA077.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 03, 1996 in FRIDAY HARBOR, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/03/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N51380
Injuries: 3 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, who was landing during the hours of darkness (bright night), thought the aircraft was still about 20 to 30 feet in the air, when its nosewheel slammed into the runway surface. The force of the impact resulted in substantial damage to the aircraft.

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

the pilot's misjudgment of the aircraft's altitude above the runway and failure to flare for landing. Darkness (bright night) was a related factor.

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