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NTSB Identification: GAA15CA049
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 24, 2015 in Clearwater, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/30/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA 172M, registration: N1576V
Injuries: 4 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 pilot reported that during landing, his airspeed was too high and the airplane bounced. He continued the landing, but the airplane porpoised, and on the third bounce slid off the runway. During the runway excursion, the nose landing gear collapsed and the propeller struck the ground.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane or engine that would have precluded normal operation. A postaccident examination revealed that the airplane had sustained substantial damage to the firewall.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's excessive airspeed during landing, which resulted in abnormal runway contact, a runway excursion, and substantial damage to the airplane.