NTSB Identification: SEA00LA006.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 20, 1999 in BOZEMAN, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250, registration: N8078P
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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The private pilot, whose flight review had expired, was in the process of completing a flight review recurrency flight, when the instructor reduced the power and asked him to execute a simulated forced landing. As he stretched the glide in an attempt to make it to the approach end of the runway, the airspeed became lower than normal approach speed. Although the aircraft was able to reach the end of the runway, just after it crossed the threshold, it dropped onto the runway with sufficient force to cause substantial damage. Although the airspeed had slowed below normal approach speed as the aircraft neared the approach end of the runway, the instructor pilot did not add power, nor did she call for termination of the simulated forced landing exercise.

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

The pilot-in-command's (CFI) failure to take remedial action. Factors include the private pilot letting the airspeed get too low.

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