NTSB Identification: ATL89LA011.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38664.
Accident occurred Sunday, October 09, 1988 in HATTERAS, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 177B, registration: N17223
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 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.

THE PLT REPORTED THAT HE INITIALLY FLARED TOO HIGH DURING THE LANDING. HE RECOVERED AND THE ACFT SUBSEQUENTLY TOUCHED DOWN 'FIRMLY' ON THE MAIN GEAR. THE ACFT THEN BEGAN TO VEER TO THE RT 'AS IF THE RT BRAKE WAS LOCKED'. THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO ABORT THE LDG & THE ACFT PANCAKED INTO A DUNE ADJACENT TO THE RWY. A MECHANIC WHO EXAMINED THE AIRPLANE AFTERWARD REPORTED THAT THE PLT STATED TO HIM THAT THE AIRPLANE HAD LANDED HARD. THE MECH REPORTED FINDING THAT THE RT WHEEL AXLE WAS BENT WHICH HAD RESULTED IN THE FWD SIDE OF THE TIRE BEING DISPLACED OTBD. NO EVIDENCE OF BRAKE MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND. ACCORDING TO THE ARPT FACILITY DIRECTORY, THE ARPT HAD NO RWY LIGHTS AND CLOSED 30 MINUTES AFTER SUNSET. LOCAL SUNSET OCCURRED AT 1835, ACCORDING TO THE NWS. THE PLT REPORTED THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT AT 1930. A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WHO INVESTIGATED THE ACCIDENT REPORTED THAT IT OCCURRED AT ABOUT 1955.

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT



Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND

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