NTSB Identification: CHI93LA172.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 52712.
Accident occurred Friday, May 14, 1993 in WEST CHICAGO, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N2947E
Injuries: 4 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 AIRPLANE WAS ON FINAL APPROACH FOR RUNWAY 19R. WHEN THE PILOT WAS DIRECTED TO CHANGE TO RUNWAY 19L BY THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER. THE PILOT ACKNOWLEDGED AND MADE THE CHANGE. AS THE AIRPLANE APPROACHED THE RUNWAY'S THRESHOLD, THE CONTROL TOWER ANNOUNCED THE WIND HAD CHANGED TO 280 DEGREES AT 19 KNOTS. THE PILOT CONTINUED THE LANDING APPROACH. HE STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE'S DESCENT RATE WAS HIGHER THAN NORMAL. THE AIRPLANE LANDED HARD ON THE RUNWAY SURFACE, SEPARATING THE MAIN LANDING GEAR FROM THEIR WING MOUNTS. THE PILOT STATED HE SHOULD HAVE ADDED MORE POWER TO CONTROL THE DESCENT RATE AND THAT THE CONTROL TOWER HAD DISTRACTED HIM WITH THE WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR THE WIND CONDITIONS HE ENCOUNTERED DURING THE LANDING APPROACH AND TOUCHDOWN AND NOT MAINTAINING A PROPER DESCENT RATE

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