NTSB Identification: CHI95LA192.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 17, 1995 in PERU, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/1995
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32RT-300, registration: N21873
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.
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WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH FOR LANDING, THE PILOT NOTICED A QUARTERING HEADWIND. THE PILOT STATED HE HELD THE NECESSARY CORRECTION FOR THE WIND DRIFT. AFTER THE INITIAL TOUCHDOWN, THE AIRPLANE BOUNCED BACK INTO THE AIR. IT THEN TOUCHED DOWN AGAIN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT DECIDED TO PERFORM A GO AROUND. AS THE AIRPLANE WAS TAKING OFF, THE LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR IMPACTED A RUNWAY LIGHT DAMAGING THE GEAR AND LEFT WING. THE PILOT CONTINUED WITH THE TAKEOFF. AFTER TAKING OFF, THE AIRPLANE CLIMBED TO AN ALTITUDE OF 1000 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND AND THE PILOT PERFORMED TWO PASSES OVER THE AIRPORT SO THAT MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL COULD DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE DONE TO THE LANDING GEAR. AFTER THE MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL DETERMINED THAT THE LEFT LANDING GEAR WAS NOT LOCKED, THE PILOT DECLARED AN EMERGENCY AND DECIDED TO MAKE AN EMERGENCY LANDING ON THE GRASS ADJACENT TO THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT STATED THAT THIS ACCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF HE HAD DONE A GO AROUND WHEN HE REALIZED THAT THE AIRPLANE WAS HIGH ON FINAL.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's failure to maintain directional control of the airplane while landing. A factor in the accident was the runway light. Full narrative available
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