NTSB Identification: NYC02LA134.
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Accident occurred Thursday, July 11, 2002 in West Milford, NJ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/25/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N1502E
Injuries: 3 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 flight instructor over flew the airport, and identified runway 24 as the favored runway. He entered left downwind, selected flaps to 10 degrees, turned base, and then final. On final, the VASI was white over white. The airplane touched down, bounced "high" into the air, and then touched down nosewheel first about 20 feet left of centerline. The airplane "veered" left, exited the runway, and continued approximately 470 feet before coming to a stop on the parallel taxiway. The pilot did not experience any preimpact failures with either the engine or the airframe, and elected not to execute a go-around because of a cliff located at the departure end of the runway. A weather observation taken 8 minutes before the accident about 21 miles to the southeast of the accident site recorded the wind as 030 degrees at 7 knots.

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

The flight instructor's improper recovery from a bounced landing.

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