Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N5367Y,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 289856
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Date:Tuesday 30 July 2013
Time:10:43 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Rocky Mountain College
Registration: N5367Y
MSN: 4496175
Total airframe hrs:3305 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Billings, Montana -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Billings-Logan International Airport, MT (BIL/KBIL)
Destination airport:Billings-Logan International Airport, MT (BIL/KBIL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight instructor and commercial pilot reported that they were conducting a training flight and that, after performing numerous maneuvers in the local practice area, they returned to the airport to perform practice landings in various simulated situations. After an uneventful takeoff and landing, they set up for a practice short-field landing. Following the landing flare, the airplane touched down on the runway surface, and the left main landing gear collapsed. The propellers contacted the runway, and the airplane skidded, which resulted in damage to the wing spar. Examinations revealed that the left main landing gear was fractured through the lower end of the strut tube, which was bent. The fracture surfaces of the strut tube and fork were consistent with an overstress event. Given the damage to the airplane, it is likely that the left main landing gear collapsed due to a hard landing and/or an excessive side load during the landing.

Probable Cause: The pilots' inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing and collapse of the left main landing gear.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR13LA349
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

05-Oct-2022 19:00 ASN Update Bot Added
17-Nov-2022 19:41 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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