Hard landing Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N730FT,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 286213
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Date:Friday 21 March 2008
Time:11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Orlando Flight Training
Registration: N730FT
MSN: 447995190
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Inverness, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Kissimmee Gateway Airport, FL (ISM/KISM)
Destination airport:Inverness, FL (X40)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During taxi, the "gear unsafe" light illuminated and would not extinguish. After the unsafe indication was reported to the operator, maintenance personnel discovered that the nose landing gear support structure including both the left and right gear well webs, were substantially damaged. According to the check pilot of a previous flight, he was giving a flight examination for a multiengine rating when during a landing, the student pilot landed hard and the right main landing gear tire "burst." The student and check pilot were unable to maintain directional control, the airplane departed the right side of the runway and the nose landing gear "dug in to the soft ground." A company mechanic replaced the right main landing gear tire as it "blew on landing." The right main landing gear was inspected after the runway excursion; however, no record of the nose gear being inspected was discovered.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's improper landing flare and the flight examiner's inadequate remedial action.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NYC08CA190
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

03-Oct-2022 07:19 ASN Update Bot Added
17-Nov-2022 19:50 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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