NTSB Identification: MIA00LA192.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, June 28, 2000 in LAKELAND, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/02/2001
Aircraft: Europa Aviation Inc EUROPA XS TRI-GEAR, registration: N912EA
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The flight instructor stated he and the student were performing touch-and-go landings, and the student was flying the airplane. The instructor further stated that during a touch-and-go landing, immediately on touchdown, a loud bang was heard and felt, and both he and the student observed a white object depart the right side of the aircraft. The instructor said he applied power, executing a go-around, and then verified that the nose gear was missing from the aircraft. The instructor said that they then proceeded to Lakeland airport to land, and while landing the nose strut appeared to give way, and the aircraft settled on its nose. A metallurgical examination of the damaged nose landing gear assembly by the National Transportation Safety Board's Materials Laboratory revealed that all fractures were typical of an overstress condition.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the flight instructor's inadequate supervision that resulted in the dual student performing an improper landing flare/touchdown which resulted in a hard landing and overload to the nose landing gear assembly. Full narrative available
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