NTSB Identification: NYC91LA214.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45242.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 17, 1991 in MONTAUK, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-301, registration: N4368W
Injuries: 1 Minor,5 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 PILOT SAID HE FLARED THE AIRPLANE AND A GUST OF WIND FROM THE LEFT AND REAR OF THE AIRPLANE CAUSED THE NOSE TO RISE. THE AIRPLANE LANDED HARD ON THE 3000 FOOT RUNWAY CAUSING THE LEFT MAIN GEAR TO COLLAPSE AND PENETRATE THROUGH THE WING. THE PILOT COULD NOT CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF THE ARIPLANE AND IT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT STATED IN HIS ACCIDENT REPORT THAT THE WIND WAS ZERO.

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

THE PILOT MADE A HARD LANDING, RESULTING IN THE MAIN LANDING GEAR COLLAPSING. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S INTERPRETATION OF THE WIND CONDITIONS, MISJUDGMENT OF THE FLARE CAUSING THE AIRPLANE TO BALLOON AND STALL.

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