NTSB Identification: NYC02LA137.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 04, 2002 in Millville, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/18/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 177, registration: N29321
Injuries: 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 pilot reported that during a night landing the airplane bounced, drifted left, and bounced again. On the second bounce, the horizontal stabilator of the airplane struck runway lights. The pilot added power, aborted the landing, and the airplane became airborne. The pilot returned for a landing without further incident. Prior to the accident flight, the pilot had completed 1 hour of night flight with 3 landing in the preceding 90 days.

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

The pilot's improper bounced landing recovery. A factor was the dark night conditions.

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