NTSB Identification: NYC01LA008.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 10, 2000 in FORK UNION, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/17/2001
Aircraft: Beech BE-23-B24R, registration: N68HW
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane touched down on its main landing gear prior to a dirt road that crossed the runway, followed by the nose gear touching down about 18 feet farther. The pilot felt the nose gear fail and attempted to keep the nose of the airplane off the ground. The airplane then veered to the right, impacted a tree and came to rest in a wooded area. A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector examined fractured pieces of the nose wheel assembly, which were found on the ground prior to the dirt road that crossed the runway. The inspector did not observe any beach marks, fracture lines, corrosion, or progressive scoring on the fracture surfaces. The inspector added that the fracture surfaces were "clean, typical of overload failure." The inspector additionally stated that the runway had a down-sloping crown on both ends of the runway. The pilot did not report any previous problems with the nose gear and that the turf was in good condition. The pilot additionally stated that, while flaring, "when you drop the nose, the runway is higher than normal."

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

The pilot's inadequate flare which resulted in a hard landing. A factor related to the accident was the uneven landing area condition.

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