NTSB Identification: LAX96LA252.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, June 29, 1996 in GRAND CANYON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/16/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 402A, registration: N13GM
Injuries: 10 Uninjured.

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The pilot encountered unforecasted winds on final approach and touched down short of the runway shearing one of the main landing gear. The other main landing gear collapsed during the landing roll. The airplane skidded 2,600 feet on the belly before coming to rest on the right side of the runway. The airport is located in mountainous terrain designated by the Airman's Information Manual. The Airman's Information Manual warns pilots that they may encounter abrupt changes in wind direction and wind velocity and that severe updrafts and downdrafts are common, particularly near or above abrupt changes of terrain such as cliffs or rugged areas.

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

Failure of the pilot to properly judge his altitude during final approach resulting in an undershoot. A factor was a downdraft weather condition.

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