NTSB Identification: ATL01LA101.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 02, 2001 in Mobile, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N7006A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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On the second approach to land, the pilot elected to perform a touch-and-go landing with flaps retracted. As the pilot flared for the touchdown the airplane began to porpoise. When the airplane touched down, the pilot reported hearing a thud. Examination of the airplane failed to disclose a mechanical malfunction or a component failure. The airplane sustained structural damage to the nose gear assembly and engine firewall. The pilot reported that the landing winds were 180 degrees at 7 to 15 knots. runway 14.

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

The pilot's improper landing flare that resulted in a hard landing. A factor was the pilot induced porpoise.

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