NTSB Identification: CHI07LA164.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 07, 2007 in Chesterfield, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/2008
Aircraft: Cessna 172R, registration: N51827
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot stated that during a straight-in visual approach, the airplane was high, fast, and above the glide path provided by the visual approach slope indicator. The student pilot stated that he could have performed a go-around but felt pressure by air traffic control to land. He also stated that he felt pressure to comply with air traffic control instructions and to clear the airspace as quickly as possible rather than seek an alternative course of action. During the flare, the nose was lowered and the airplane began to porpoise. He stated that he didn't know what a porpoise was at the time and how to correct from it.

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

Inadequate flare during landing. The induced oscillation, not performing a go-around, the pilot's lack of experience and the failure to perform remedial action were factors.

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