The Flight Safety Foundation's Approach and Landing Accident Reduction Tool Kit reports that unstabilized approaches were a causal factor in 66% of the approach and landing accidents and serious incidents worldwide in the decade ending in 1997. It determined that “High energy approaches (i.e., high/fast) resulted in loss of aircraft control, runway overruns and runway excursions and contributed to inadequate situation awareness in some CFIT accidents.”

The full report and a checklist on recommended elements of a stabilized approach can be found at www.flightsafety.org/files/alar_bn7-1stablizedappr.pdf (FSF ALAR Briefing Note 7.1 — Stabilized Approach).