NTSB Identification: SEA00LA041.
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Accident occurred Monday, January 31, 2000 in SNOHOMISH, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 177, registration: N3433T
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
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While on short-final to a full-stop landing, the wind shifted and the aircraft's rate of descent increased. The pilot corrected with partial power, but did not initiate the landing flare soon enough to keep the aircraft from hitting the runway hard enough to bounce back into the air. After ballooning back into the air, the aircraft started drifting sideways and touched down in an open grassy area alongside the runway. Although the power was at idle at that point, and the pilot had ample room to bring the aircraft to a stop on the grass, he elected to abort the landing. After adding power and trying to get the aircraft to lift off using two different flap settings, the pilot elected to abort the go-around because he thought he might not clear obstacles ahead. During his attempt to stop the aircraft on the wet grass, it slid into a residence just off to the side of the southeast end of the runway. After impacting the house, both the residence and the aircraft caught on fire.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's improper decision to attempt a go-around, then attempt to stop on the wet grass. Factors include variable winds, the pilot's inadequate compensation for the winds conditions, his inadequate recovery from a bounced landing, wet grass along the side of the runway, and a residence near the edge of the runway surface. Full narrative available
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