NTSB Identification: SEA98LA025.
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Accident occurred Thursday, December 18, 1997 in THOMPSON FALLS, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/15/1999
Aircraft: Cessna 177, registration: N2988X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot, on his first solo flight, allowed the aircraft to touch down on all three wheels simultaneously, during which a porpoise developed. Four additional nose-down ground impact cycles followed before the aircraft came to a stop. The pilot did not attempt a go-around maneuver.

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

The student pilot's improper remedial action when confronted with a porpoised landing. A factor was his failure to execute a go-around maneuver.

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