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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30596
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180
Owner/operator:Custom Pilot Service
Registration: N106BM
MSN: 44-7995325
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Prescott,. AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:PRC
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Ground witnesses observed the airplane flare out high, then touch down hard; it did not bounce. The airplane initially rolled down the runway. Then, it veered right and rolled over a culvert, collapsing the left main landing gear and the nose gear. Additional structural damage also occurred to the airframe. The pilot reported to a responding airport employee that the runway was 'slick.' At the time, the runway was wet due to light rain, no standing water was present, and the wind was from 220 degrees at 9 knots. In a written note addressed to the National Transportation Safety Board the pilot stated the following: 'NTSB, lack of crosswind correction, tailwind, hydroplaning, failure to timely go around.' The pilot was employed as a full-time flight instructor. Four days earlier he had passed a flight check for the multiengine flight instructor's certificate. His total multiengine flying experience and experience in the accident airplane was about 60 and 6 hours, respectively.
Probable Cause: The pilot's misjudged landing flare resulting in a hard touchdown, and, his failure to adequately compensate for the existing crosswind condition and to maintain directional control during rollout on the wet runway.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Mar-2015 18:46 harro Updated [Date, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Nov-2017 10:56 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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