NTSB Identification: MIA97LA145.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 22, 1997 in AUGUSTA, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/29/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-300, registration: N1321H
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

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The pilot was landing with known gusty crosswinds and windshear at his destination airport. While on final approach, the tower controller advised him of thunderstorm activity and gusty wind conditions, and that the wind was 260 degrees at 56 knots. The pilot started his flare at about 10 to 15 feet, and encountered a strong gusty wind. The airplane turned to the right. The pilot lost directional control, the airplane landed hard. The airplane then skidded off the runway, and all landing gear collapsed.

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

flight by the pilot into known adverse weather conditions, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control during the landing flare, and collision with the terrain. The adverse weather with nearby thunderstorm activity, crosswind, and gusts was a related factor.

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