NTSB Identification: MIA00LA214.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 10, 2000 in BEAUFORT, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 172L, registration: N3875Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Several attempts were made to the talk with the pilot but were unsuccessful. The pilot stated during an interview with the insurance adjuster that there were no discrepancies noted during the preflight or engine run-up before takeoff. He stated that after departure the flight remained in the airport traffic pattern where he performed touch-and-go landings. During the flare of the accident landing, the flight was fast and the airplane began to porpoise resulting in a propeller strike. He further stated that he should have initiated a go-around but 'at the time I never experienced the porpoising during the flare. It happened so quickly that I didn't even finish it.' Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the firewall and propeller were damaged.

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

The failure of the pilot to initiate a go-around after the airplane began to porpoise, resulting in a hard landing and structural damage to the airplane.

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