NTSB Identification: ANC01LA061.
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Accident occurred Thursday, May 31, 2001 in WASILLA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N8054X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The private certificated pilot was planning a full-stop landing at a private airstrip. The gravel runway is 2,200 feet long and 40 feet wide. The final approach path to the runway threshold is over a small pond. The pilot said her first landing approach was too steep, and she did a go-around. On the second approach, about 50 to 100 feet lower than the normal approach path, the airplane encountered a downdraft over the pond, and the pilot added engine power. The airplane continued to descend and touched down on the main landing gear, about 300 feet short of the runway threshold. The nose wheel collapsed when it contacted the ground. The pilot said the cockpit immediately filled with smoke, and she exited the airplane via the right door. The airplane fuselage was consumed by fire.

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

An undershoot due to the pilot's failure to maintain a proper glide path during a VFR final approach to landing. A factor in the accident was a downdraft.

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