NTSB Identification: MIA95LA111.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 18, 1995 in FORT MYERS, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/29/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7054W
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot stated he made a normal landing but on rollout the airplane began to porpoise. He applied rudder, exited the runway onto the grass and came to a complete stop. ATC personnel who observed the airplane on approach stated the airplane was slow with a high sink rate. The airplane collided with the ground, bounced, landed hard again, and slid off the runway to the right. Examination of the airplane by maintenance personnel revealed the nose gear was bent aft and the engine mounts and firewall were buckled in several places.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's failure to maintain a proper rate of descent on approach for landing, resulting in a hard landing.

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