NTSB Identification: SEA02LA147.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, July 31, 2002 in Elma, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 177B, registration: N34633
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The pilot of the Cessna 177B executed an approach to the 2,275 foot long, 30 foot wide asphalt runway but was a little high and long on final. The aircraft bounced on touchdown and the pilot applied power to arrest the descent. He then lost sight of the runway environment due to a nose high attitude. The aircraft then rolled into an area of heavy blackberry brush and scotch broom north of the runway. The pilot reported no mechanical difficulties with the aircraft during the event.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during a bounced landing and recovery resulting in the aircraft's departing the runway. Contributing factors were the high brush/vegetation the aircraft rolled into and the pilot's reduced visual acquisition of the runway environment due to the aircraft's nose high attitude. Full narrative available
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