NTSB Identification: LAX97LA048.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, November 20, 1996 in MESA, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/25/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N26FR
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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the pilot landed hard on the nose wheel then porpoised up and allowed the aircraft to settle by itself and roll off the runway. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical problems with the aircraft prior to the accident and that weather was not a factor.

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

the pilot's misjudged landing flare and improper bounced landing recovery technique, which led to an inadvertent porpoise.

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