Accident Piper PA-44-180 Seminole N316PA,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139456
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Date:Sunday 4 September 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Transpac Aviation Academy
Registration: N316PA
MSN: 4496125
Year of manufacture:2002
Total airframe hrs:4382 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport, AZ (DVT/KDVT)
Destination airport:Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport, AZ (DVT/KDVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The private pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) were practicing a series of landings. The CFI said that the second and third landings were short field landings and were not excessively hard. During the landing roll on the third landing, the nose of the airplane lowered, and the CFI suspected a collapse of the oleo strut. The CFI took control of the airplane and taxied down the runway. The CFI stated that, during the taxi, he noted nothing irregular with the handling of the airplane and informed the tower air traffic controller that this was going to be a full stop landing. After contacting the ground controller, the CFI added power, and noticed that the steering had failed, so he attempted to use differential thrust to turn the airplane. He then heard the propellers contact the ground and immediately shut down both engines. After exiting the airplane, he noticed that the nose gear was extended forward and resting against the most forward fuselage rib in the wheel well. A postaccident examination revealed a fractured and separated drag link and hydraulic fluid leaking from the wheel well. Examination of the fractured surfaces revealed rough matte gray features consistent with an overstress fracture.
Probable Cause: The pilot's improper flare and hard landing, which resulted in the failure of the nose landing gear drag link in overstress.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR11LA471
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

24-Oct-2011 21:03 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:13 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2022 19:47 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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