NTSB Identification: SEA07CA120.
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Accident occurred Monday, April 30, 2007 in Livermore, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2007
Aircraft: Cessna 172R, registration: N28BC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that he was doing touch-and-go landings and that on his sixth landing approach (simulated short filed landing) the airplane was "a little high." The pilot stated he "decreased altitude" by decreasing throttle and "reduced pitch" while maintaining an approach speed of 65 knots. The pilot stated the airplane was over the runway and that just before he was ready to flare, the airplane "suddenly impacted" the runway in a nose-low attitude. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall as a result of the hard landing.

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

The pilot's improper flare during landing.

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