NTSB Identification: LAX98LA023.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 24, 1997 in HAMBURG, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/30/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 182Q, registration: N759TA
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported that during an approach to land, he did not recognize his excessive rate of descent until it was too late to avoid a hard landing. During the touchdown phase, the nose gear collapsed and separated. The aircraft slid until the spinner dug into the runway, and the aircraft nosed over. The pilot stated that he had previously made about 10 approaches to this runway in a Cessna 172; however, this was his first approach in a Cessna 182. Also, he said he was tired and may not have noticed the differences in approach performance between this aircraft and the one he had typically use. High terrain at the approach end of the runway required that the final approach be entered from a close-in left base.

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

the pilot's improper flare, which resulted in a hard landing and overload failure of the nose gear. High terrain (obstruction) near the approach end of the runway was a related factor.

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