NTSB Identification: LAX00LA012.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 07, 1999 in TORRANCE, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172P, registration: N123FR
Injuries: 3 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.

Controllers in the tower observed the airplane porpoise on each of the two prior touch-and-go landings. The pilot reported that on the third touch-and-go he realized he was too high and fast on final, but continued the approach anyway. The landing was hard and he then performed a go-around. He told the air traffic controller that he thought his nose wheel might be flat. The pilot made a full-stop landing and taxied to the flight school, where a damaged firewall and tailskid were found.

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

The pilot's excessive airspeed on final approach and his misjudged flare, which resulted in a uncontrolled porpoise and hard landing.

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