NTSB Identification: FTW98LA417.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 29, 1998 in GALLUP, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172N, registration: N739JT
Injuries: 1 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, a Nepalese national, was on a cross-country flight to satisfy a portion of the requirements for a U.S. commercial pilot certificate. When he turned onto final approach at the end of the flight, he had to increase his crab angle to compensate for a crosswind he estimated to be greater than 10 knots. He also added power to maintain airspeed. As he got closer to the runway, he noticed his airspeed was 71 knots instead of 65 knots, so he reduced power to idle. The airplane touched down hard and bounced twice. On the third bounce, the nose wheel went 'flat' and broke. A witness said he saw the airplane when it was 200 feet above the runway threshold. It was in a nose down attitude and appeared to be going 'very fast.' He said the airplane touched down, 'bounced repeatedly,' then departed the right side of the runway.

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

The pilot's inadequate landing flare. Factors were his misjudgement of altitude and his excessive airspeed.

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