NTSB Identification: LAX98LA301.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 20, 1998 in LONG BEACH, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 172F, registration: N8761U
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The pilot entered the landing pattern under night conditions and everything was normal until he flared for touchdown. He believed he had flared high and added power to help control the descent rate. He then reduced power. The nose dropped and the propeller, nose gear, left main landing gear, and left wing tip struck the pavement almost simultaneously. The aircraft bounced and struck the ground with the right wing tip before coming to rest on the runway.

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

The pilot's misjudging the flare point and failure to maintain an adequate airspeed margin, which resulted in a stall/mush and hard landing. A contributing factor was the dark night conditions.

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