NTSB Identification: SEA96LA101.
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Accident occurred Sunday, May 26, 1996 in CORVALLIS, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 177, registration: N177JM
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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The pilot stated that while he was on 'short final' for runway 27 at the Corvallis Municipal Airport, the sun 'came from behind a cloud with some glare and visibility problems....' He stated that he 'could not tell [the airplane's] height [above the runway] accurately.' He stated that he began to flare for landing after he 'judged that the dark pavement was just below.' The airplane landed hard on the main landing gear and porpoised forward onto the nose gear. The nose gear collapsed and the firewall was substantially damaged. No preimpact mechanical deficiency was reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: failure of the pilot to properly judge the distance and altitude to the runway just before touching down, and his premature flare for landing. Factors relating to the accident were: the presence of sun glare during the landing, and the resultant degradation of the pilot's visual perception. Full narrative available
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