NTSB Identification: DEN93LA087.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 50439.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 27, 1993 in WRAY, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/19/1993
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 100-180, registration: N3617X
Injuries: 2 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.

IN HIS FIRST LANDING ATTEMPT TO RUNWAY 32, THE PILOT USED 30 DEGREES OF FLAPS BUT THE AIRPLANE BECAME UNCONTROLLABLE DURING THE FLARE AND THE LANDING WAS ABORTED. A SECOND LANDING ATTEMPT WAS ABANDONED DUE TO DEPARTING TRAFFIC. ON THE THIRD LANDING ATTEMPT, THE PILOT USED 10 DEGREES OF FLAPS AND A SLIGHTLY HIGHER APPROACH SPEED. AGAIN, THE AIRPLANE YAWED TO THE LEFT AND THE PILOT SAID SLIGHT RUDDER APPLICATION RESULTED IN FULL RUDDER DEFLECTION. THE PILOT SAID HE WAS SLOW IN RECOVERING AND ADDING FULL POWER TO GO AROUND. THE AIRPLANE IMPACTED THE RUNWAY, SLID APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET, AND CAUGHT FIRE. A WITNESS SAID THE AIRPLANE LANDED HARD, BOUNCED, ASSUMED A NOSE HIGH ATTITUDE, STALLED, AND IMPACTED THE RUNWAY. POST ACCIDENT EXAMINATION DISCLOSED NO EVIDENCE OF RUDDER OR OTHER FLIGHT CONTROL DISCREPANCIES. PILOT REPORTED WIND WAS FROM 350 DEGREES AT 10 MILES PER HOUR GUSTING TO 25.

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

THE PILOT'S INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR THE WIND CONDITIONS AND IMPROPER RECOVERY FROM A BOUNCED LANDING. THE GUSTY CROSSWIND WAS A FACTOR.

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