NTSB Identification: CHI00LA166.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 17, 2000 in MANKATO, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/06/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 152, registration: N6445P
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The pilot reported made the landing using a little more power then what is normally required. He stated the airplane ballooned one to two feet in the air on touchdown. The pilot did not add power and attempt to level the airplane as he thought it would just touch down 'fairly smooth.' The pilot stated the airplane contacted the ground harder than normal. The nose gear collapsed during the landing and damage to the firewall, propeller, and fuselage resulted.

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

the pilot performed inadequate remedial action to recover when the airplane ballooned during the landing flare. Factors associated with the accident were excessive airspeed during the landing and an improper landing flare.

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